Children’s quality assurance

The Children’s Quality Assurance Scheme (CQAS) seeks to maintain and improve the quality of service and legal work provided by solicitors using legal aid. It has powers to remove firms from the children’s register if necessary.

All registered solicitors who carry out children’s legal assistance work will be reviewed every six years.

Full details on how the scheme operates are available below.

Please contact Tracy Brown, Children’s Assurance Coordinator, on 0131 240 1945 or by email if you would like any further information about the scheme.

  • Children’s peer review
  • Routine children’s reviews
  • Extended reviews
  • Final reviews
  • Special reviews
  • Marking scale
  • Nominated solicitors
  • Advice and assistance/ ABWOR – the solicitor and applicant Declaration Form
  • Children’s legal aid – the solicitor and applicant declaration form
  • Declaration guidance
  • Members of the Children’s Quality Assurance Committee
  • Equalities and diversity
  • Peer review checklist