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Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS) and the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA)
Both Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS) and the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) are public bodies created by law. Both organisations have very distinct roles in the Children’s Hearings System.
What does CHS do?
CHS has a number of responsibilities, including:
- The recruitment, appointment and reappointment of Panel Members.
- Making arrangements for the training of Panel Members.
- Managing the 22 Area Support Teams.
- The appointment and reappointment of Area Support Team Members.
- Providing advice to Children’s Hearings.
- Publishing annually a report about the implementation of Compulsory Supervision Orders (the feedback loop).
What does SCRA do?
SCRA has a number of responsibilities, including:
- Make effective decisions about a need to refer a child/young person to a Children’s Hearing.
- Prepare for and participate in court proceedings where statement of grounds or Hearings findings are appealed and ensure the wellbeing of children and young people – particularly vulnerable witnesses – are protected throughout the court process.
- Support Panel Members (although we are not involved in making Hearing decisions) and ensure fair process in Hearings.
- Enable children, young people and families to participate in Hearings.
- Publish information and data to influence, inform and reassure.
- Provide premises for Hearings to take place.
- Work collaboratively with partners to support and facilitate the Getting it Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) agenda.