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How does the Children’s Hearings System work?

Read a brief explanation of how the Children's Hearings System works and a link to further information.
Panel members from the Children's Hearing in Billy's Story
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A number of different agencies are involved in The Children’s Hearings System – including social work departments, the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) and Children’s Hearings Scotland.

Children’s Reporters, employed by SCRA, receive referrals and make decisions as to whether cases should proceed to a Hearing. For a Hearing to be called specific grounds have to be established and these are set out in the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011. Hearings consist of three panel members who listen to the child’s circumstances and then have the power to make a number of different decisions. Panel members are described on the Children’s Hearings Scotland website as volunteer lay tribunal members.

There is a link in the ‘see also’ section below to a page from the Children’s Hearings Scotland website where you can read in more detail about how the Children’s Hearings System works and the decisions that may be made.

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