18 May 2020

Children’s Hearings Scotland publishes new Strategic Outlook

On 15 May 2020, Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS) published its new three year Strategic Outlook for 2020-23.

CHS has identified four key areas to focus its efforts on:

  • Better protection and upholding of the rights of children
  • Deliver consistent high quality hearings
  • Continuing to build an empathetic and effective panel that is well-supported
  • Being well-informed and influential in its environment and communities, including working collaboratively with partners

CHS will also explore and implement change based on the recommendations made by the Independent Care Review earlier this year, including the reimagining of the hearings system to ensure it better serves the needs of infants, children, young people and their families.

CHS National Convener, Elliot Jackson, says: “We are ready to play a leading role in driving sustainable change in the children’s hearing  system; we recognise the depth, scale and pace of delivery required. We will keep The Promise.

 “We will do so in a very inclusive way, working with children and young people, our Panel Community and our key partners, to ensure everyone is involved in shaping the road ahead.

 “By focusing our Strategic Outlook on areas such as children’s rights and high quality hearings in the years to come, we will be able to equip our Panel Members with the skills and support they needed to fulfil this demanding role."