This multi-agency national COVID-19 Recovery Plan for the Children's Hearings System summarises work that has been done since March 2020 to help maintain the safety and rights of children and young people within the Hearings System. It outlines the challenges that have been faced in delivering Children's Hearings since March and outlines considerations and ambitions going forward.
The Recovery Plan was developed by the Children's Hearings Improvement Partnership's (CHIP) COVID-19 Group which includes CELCIS, COSLA, Social Work Scotland, Children's Hearings Scotland, the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration, and the Scottish Government.
It also describes the importance of safeguarding service delivery while continuing to modernise the Hearings System, strengthening its focus on children's rights and protections. The Recovery Plan sets out the vision of a high quality service that preserves the benefits from recent innovations and aligns closely with the calls for improvements in The Promise.