Date lodged: 8 June 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether there has been a recent change to the rights of grandparents seeking access to their grandchildren and whether a review is planned.
Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 15 June 2016
There have been no changes made to the rights of grandparents. However, the Scottish Government is planning to review the Children (Scotland) Act 1995. The 1995 Act makes provision on parental responsibilities and rights, on contact orders and on related areas.
As well as the planned review of the 1995 Act, the Scottish Government is already carrying out work to refresh the non-statutory Parenting Agreement for Scotland, which includes the charter for grandchildren: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/Doc/112493/0027333.pdf. The charter highlights the important role that grandparents and the wider family can play in raising children.