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CHS publishes its 2013/14 Annual Report and Accounts 22 October 2014

Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS) has today published its Annual Report and Accounts for the 2013/14 financial year.

The period of reporting (April 2013 to March 2014) saw the implementation of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 on 24 June 2013. The implementation of the Act represented the biggest change in the history of the Children’s Hearings System and was the point at which CHS assumed its full statutory responsibilities for the recruitment, training and support of Scotland’s 2,500 panel members.

CHS’ focus, in this third year of operation, was on preparing for the transition to the new system on 24 June 2013 and thereafter on establishing itself as an independent public body, bedding in the processes and procedures needed to support the 2,500 volunteer panel members and 400 volunteer Area Support Team members across Scotland.

Today, CHS has published a suite of four documents:

  • Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2014
  • Summary Annual Report 2013/14
  • Annual Review of Performance 2013/14
  • National Convener Annual Report 2013/14

The Annual Report and Accounts is CHS’ formal submission of financial results and principal activities for the 2013/14 financial year. The report includes the independent auditor’s report, produced by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The Summary Annual Report and the Annual Review of Performance both chart CHS’ progress over the reporting period in relation to the crucial activities and milestones undertaken. The activities and milestones are linked with the seven objectives identified in CHS’ Business Plan 2013/14. The Summary Annual Report has been produced in a format designed to make the document accessible to a wide audience.

The National Convener Annual Report provides an overview of the support to the national Children’s Panel and covers the period when Bernadette Monaghan was the National Convener. It also highlights the work undertaken in relation to the specific statutory functions under the 2011 Act where the National Convener operates independently.

Boyd McAdam, the National Convener and Chief Executive of CHS, said: "These documents represent the year in which CHS took on responsibility for its full functions. It has been a period of establishment, where we have rolled out new ways of working and tested these new ways of working to ensure the best support for panel members.

"My task is to lead CHS to consolidate what works well, to initiate improvements where necessary and to work with the AST structure to ensure we have an effective system supporting panel members and ensuring better outcomes for children and young people across Scotland.

"I am grateful to all those who assisted with the hard work of establishing the new organisation and working through the challenges that were faced in 2013/14. I look forward to working with all those associated with the CHS community in the years ahead."

The publications are available electronically in PDF format and as an e-book. To access the documents, please click the relevant link below: