The Promise Scotland reports on Scotland's Children's Hearings System

Year: 2023
Topic: Children's hearings system
Author: The Promise Scotland

‘Hearings for Children: The Redesign Report’ has been published by The Promise Scotland following the work of The Hearings System Working Group, a partnership between Children’s Hearings Scotland, The Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration, and The Promise Scotland.

The report outlines 97 recommendations for a redesigned Children’s Hearings System and calls on the Scottish Government to put in place a collaborative programme for delivering and implementing the recommendations. These have been informed by an extensive engagement and design process with children and young people, parents and carers, and with care experienced children and young people through Our Hearings Our Voice, the Better Meetings group in Moray, and CELCIS’s Voice and Inclusion Project (VIP). In 2021/22, 10,494 children and young people in Scotland were referred to the Children’s Reporter, the person who will decide if a child or young person needs to be referred to a Children’s Hearing. This represents 1.1% of all children and young people in Scotland. The majority of children and young people (8,691) were referred on welfare grounds.

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