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Vacancy – Development Worker

We are looking for someone to take forward the development of a young people’s board for the Children’s Hearings System. The aim of the board – Our Hearings, Our Voice - is to provide children and young people with experience of the Hearings System the opportunity to...

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New Panel members needed!

Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS) is looking for 500 new Children’s Panel members to sit on children’s hearings and to help children and young people in their local area. There are around 2,500 volunteer panel members across Scotland. We need new volunteers from lots...

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Foster care and me – by Sophie

Most people would say going into foster care was a bad thing and they had a bad experience, but for me I had a good experience. At first going into foster care was hard for me and my two sisters, we were placed with a foster family miles away from where we lived...

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Advocacy – what does it mean?

We ask Gwendoline Tracey, a Children’s Hearings advocate with Barnardo’s. Gwendoline, what is advocacy? Advocacy is the name given to the process of supporting children and young people to speak up, express their views and defend their rights. An advocate is the...

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Statistics about young people

Corporate Parent, SCRA has published statistics today about children and young people referred to the Reporter. The figures show that 15,118  children and young people in Scotland were referred to the Children’s Reporter in 2016/17. Some children and young people are...

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Hearing room improvements

Young people helped make improvements to Hearing rooms across Scotland. A number of Hearing rooms have recently been given a makeover to try and increase the participation of children and young people in their Hearings. Nine of SCRA’s Hearing rooms have been given a...

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Give Me a Chance – film launch

A Modern Apprentice working in the Children’s Hearings System has starred in a new film which was recently launched. Sophie Henderson, age 18, scripted, starred in and co-directed the short film called “Give me a chance” which was made by the Fostering Network....

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Preparing for your Hearing

Participation Officer, Jennifer Orren writes a blog about how important it is that children and young people are prepared for their Hearing… Attending a Children’s Hearing is an important process, where decisions are made that are in your best interests and to help...

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Resources for young people

Resources have been produced to help young people in care. The information, has been developed by the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland & Who Cares? Scotland, is also aimed at care leavers and the adults who support them. They can help you...

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Giving young people a voice

A plan to give young people a real say in the Children’s Hearings System is one step closer to becoming a reality. Key agencies involved in Scotland’s Hearings System want to create a Board for Hearings and care-experienced children and young people. The aim of the...

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Blog by Principal Reporter

Hello, I am Neil Hunter, I am Principal Reporter and Chief Executive Officer at SCRA. In April 2015 SCRA became proud Corporate Parents of Scottish children and young people in the Children’s Hearings System who are on Compulsory Supervision Orders.   SCRA’s Corporate...

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New corporate parenting site

Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS) and the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) wanted to provide you with a more interactive experience to explain about our corporate parenting commitments. You can of course read our plans, but hopefully our website...

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Message from CHS

Hello I’m Boyd McAdam, the National Convener and Chief Executive of Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS). Since April 2015 when the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 was introduced, CHS and the 22 Area Support Teams, who support the national Children’s Panel...

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