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Our partners

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There are lots of different people across Scotland who are involved with the Children’s Hearings System. These include:

  • the volunteer panel members who sit on children’s hearings
  • the volunteer Area Support Team (AST) members who support panel members at a local level
  • Children’s Reporters
  • the Scottish Government
  • public bodies like Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS) who represent the volunteer panel members and the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) who employ Children’s Reporters
  • local councils who employ the Clerks who support our ASTs, social workers, teachers and children’s rights officers
  • inter agency child protection committees
  • Police Scotland
  • charities who provide valuable resources and support to children, young people and their families
  • organisations who represent children and young people
  • foster carers
  • safeguarders
  • organisations who provide advocacy and legal support to children and young people
  • people who provide training to panel and AST members

Partnership working

CHS' vision is of a Children’s Hearings System where everyone works together, making sure that all children and young people are cared for and protected, and their views are heard, respected and valued.

CHS works in partnership with a number of different organisations to achieve this vision. Here are some examples of this work:

Children’s Hearings Improvement Partnership (CHIP) – a multi-agency group established to deliver better outcomes for children across the Children’s Hearings System. Other members of the group include the Scottish Government, SCRA, ADSW, COSLA, NHS, COPFS, Safeguarders, SCCYP, the Care Inspectorate and members of the panel community. See further information on the CHIP website.

The Hearings Management Group – established between SCRA and CHS to provide a mechanism for effective communication, information sharing and problem solving between SCRA and panel members around hearings management.

The Participation Group – established by SCRA to create a long term solution to enabling the participation of children and young people within the Children’s Hearings System, making materials more accessible and more responsive to the needs of children and young people.

Our Hearings, Our Voice – CHS is excited to be working with SCRA and other partners to establish a Board for the Children's Hearings System. To give young people with experience of the Hearings System the opportunity to have a decision making role in the continuous improvement and development of the system, using their direct experience, knowledge and perspective.