Katy Macfarlane


Katy Macfarlane is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Child and Family Law at the University of Edinburgh. From 2000 to 2007, she headed up the Scottish Child Law Centre. Katy is also a Safeguarder for the Children’s Hearing System, Child Welfare Reporter in Family Law Actions in Edinburgh Sheriff Court and trained and experienced mediator. Katy’s particular area of interest is Child and Family Law and Mental Health Law. She co-authored the annotated Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (W Green) and is currently co-authoring a book on Children’s Rights for Hart. Katy is the co-editor of the Family Law Bulletin (W Green). She is regularly invited to speak at conferences on child law matters. She is an active member of the Scottish Government’s Cross Party Groups on Children and Young People, and Mental Health.