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Complaints materials for children and young people

SCRA has launched a new suite of materials to provide information and support to children and young people on how to complain if they wish to.We have an updated complaints form for children and a new look complaints form for young people. In addition, there is a new...

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Winning photographs now on display

The winning entries from our ‘Scottishscapes’ photography competition are now on display at our Children’s Hearings Centre in Falkirk. SCRA launched the competition at the end of last year. It was aimed at young people living in the Falkirk area. Entitled ‘Scotland...

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Free sanitary products

SCRA is playing its part to help combat period poverty.We are now providing free sanitary products to young people, their families and others attending Hearings.The decision was backed by SCRA’s Health and Wellbeing Group.The first phase of the roll out will be for...

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New mural by young people unveiled

A new mural created by young people has been unveiled at our Hearings Centre in Dalkeith.The eye catching mural was designed by young people from Midlothian Champion’s Board. It has been under wraps for the last couple of weeks ready for the reveal which took place on...

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Sensory garden created

SCRA has unveiled a new sensory garden at one of our Children’s Hearing centres. The final touches were added to the garden yesterday which is in the grounds outside our Hearing centre in Stirling. The garden has been launched during National Gardening Week. The...

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Is anyone listening?

A young person has written about their experiences of being in the Hearings System. We would like to thank them for sharing such an honest story… “A child’s hearing. A room full of fancy high-ended people, and your people – be that Teachers, Parents, Carers, Guardians...

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Corporate Parenting Plan published

SCRA has published its Corporate Parenting Plan for 2019/20.The plan is aimed at young people and outlines our Corporate Parenting activities for the next 12 months.The plan is broken into six commitments:Commitment 1: We will do our best to meet your needs and...

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Hearing rooms get a face lift

Another three Hearing rooms have been given a fresh look. Work is now complete on SCRA’s latest round of improvements to our Hearing centres.Three rooms have been given a makeover – Bellshill, Dalkeith and Falkirk.Hearings-experienced young people worked with interior...

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Launch of sensory toolkit

To mark World Autism Week which takes place this week, SCRA has launched a pilot sensory toolkit. The toolkit is now available at our Hearing centre in Glasgow city centre. The toolkit will be available in other Hearing centres across the country later this spring. We...

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Our Hearings, Our Voice gets going!

Young people from across Scotland came together for the second time for Our Hearings, Our Voice’s latest event.‘Our Hearings, Our Voice Gets Going Day’ was held on Saturday 9 February at the Studio in Glasgow city centre. It was a great venue for our second event and...

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Purple Friday celebrations

SCRA took part in Purple Friday 2019 celebrations on Friday 22 February.This is the second year SCRA has taken part in Purple Friday activities. Purple Friday is a day to stand against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and show our support for LGBT equality. The...

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Hearing room revamp

Another three Hearing rooms are getting a face lift.As part of SCRA’s ongoing commitment to improve Hearing rooms, work has started this week on the latest round of improvements.Three rooms are being given a makeover – Bellshill, Dalkeith and...

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Supporting Care Day 2019

Staff from across SCRA are marking Care Day 2019 in a number of ways.Today Friday 15 February, some staff are wearing pink or red, and decorating offices, including Hearing suites and window displays. In addition, a number of SCRA staff will join in the Carelidh which...

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SCRA’s second Corporate Parenting Annual Report

SCRA has published a second Annual Report for Young People.Back in 2017 SCRA launched a Corporate Parenting Plan and followed it in 2018 with their very first Annual Report for Young People.The Annual Report looked back over the first year of the Corporate Parenting...

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Scotland in focus – photography competition

SCRA has launched a ‘Scottishscapes’ photography competition today, Monday 7 January, aimed at young people living in the Falkirk area.Entitled ‘Scotland and Me’ SCRA is inviting young people to submit photos they have taken of Scottish landscapes and nature.The four...

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Rights cartoon animation

Want to know about your rights in a Children’s Hearing? SCRA has produced a cartoon animation which explains your rights in a Children’s Hearing for children and young people.The animation was launched on Tuesday 20 November to mark Universal Children’s Day....

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Let’s Get Started event

Young people from across Scotland came together on Saturday for the Let’s Get Started event.This was the first event for young board members following the Our Hearings, Our Voice recruitment campaign.The event, which was held in The Lighthouse in Glasgow, was the...

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Making Hearings better for you

Everyone involved in the Children’s Hearings System has signed up to a programme called Better Hearings.This initiative – which covers the whole of Scotland - is led by the Children’s Hearings Improvement Partnership (CHIP). It brings together the key partners...

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All you need is love

SCRA staff joined hundreds of people with experience of the Scottish care system at a rally in Glasgow. The right for children and young people in care to be loved was the aim of the Lifetime of Love Rally which was held in the city centre on Friday 26 October. The...

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Care Experienced cake fundraiser

SCRA staff held a fundraising coffee morning to raise money for care experienced children and young people. The fundraiser took place at our office in Glasgow on Friday morning during Care Experienced Week 2018. A total of £230 was raised with the money going to...

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Art in the HeART of the City

  Colourful and creative art work by care experienced children and young people is now on display in Glasgow. Helping to mark Year of the Young People 2018, SCRA invited children and young people from Glasgow’s Children’s Units to contribute to a window display,...

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Supporting Care Experienced Week

SCRA is proud to support Care Experienced Week which takes place this week from today, Monday 22 October. Lisa Bennett, who is responsible for Corporate Parenting at SCRA, said: “We are committed to our Corporate Parenting duties.  We fully support Care Experienced...

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End of first Board recruitment drive

Young people from across Scotland have submitted their application to become a Board Member for Our Hearings, Our Voice. The campaign ran from 3 September to 1 October to recruit children and young people to join the young people’s board for the Hearings System. Young...

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Equality for care experienced children and young people

SCRA has announced that we are backing the campaign to treat care experience as a protected characteristic for children and young people. The campaign, which is being led by the charity Who Cares? Scotland, aims to eliminate discrimination and prejudice towards care...

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SCRA produces court pack to help young people

  Young people in Edinburgh are piloting a new pack aimed at providing them with information about court. SCRA has put together a pack of information materials to help support young people who have go to Edinburgh Sheriff Court as part of Children’s Hearings...

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Statistics about children and young people

SCRA has published statistics today about children and young people referred to the Reporter. The figures show that 13,240  children and young people in Scotland were referred to the Children’s Reporter in 2017/18. Some children and young people are referred to the...

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Revamp of Going to Court flyer

SCRA’s Going to Court flyer for young people has been revamped and reprinted. The A5 flyer is aimed at young people who have to go to court as part of Children’s Hearings proceedings. It contains information about who will be a court, what might happen and where to...

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Our Hearings, Our Voice – update

Hi there, I thought it would be good to give you a quick update on how we are getting on with developing Our Hearings, Our Voice (let’s call it OHOV for short!)  We’ve been busy over the last couple of months getting everything in place for getting started to create a...

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Pre-Hearing visit film

SCRA has produced a new short film aimed at young people. The film shows a Pre-Hearing visit in the hope of encouraging more children and young people to request one before their actual Hearing. The film, which is set in our Hearings centre in Stirling, shows a...

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Our Communications Commitment to you

SCRA has launched a new Communications Commitment and Participation Pledge aimed at children and young people. You can view it here. This is part of SCRA’s Corporate Parenting Plan and it sets out how we will communicate with children and young people. We aim to...

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Revamped Hearing Rooms

A number of Hearing rooms have recently undergone a revamp. Five new-look rooms have been introduced across the country with input from Hearings-experienced young people. SCRA secured an interior design company to work with the young people and staff to create a more...

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SCRA Corporate Parenting Plan 2018-19

SCRA has published its Corporate Parenting Plan for 2018-19. The plan is aimed at young people and outlines our Corporate Parenting activities for the year ahead. The plan is broken into six commitments:  Commitment 1 We will do our best to meet your needs and promote...

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Art work on display

Art work by children and young people has recently gone on display in one of SCRA’s Hearings centres. The Hearings centre in Paisley has a variety of art work on display created by local children and young people. The art work was initially on display at the Paisley...

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Young people from Jersey visit Hearings Centre

Young people from Jersey visited Scotland on a fact finding mission about the Children’s Hearings System. Three young people from the Channel Islands, along with the Jersey Chief Minister, spent a morning at SCRA’s Hearings Centre in Edinburgh to find out more about...

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Attending a Hearing and have worries or concerns?

  We understand that children and young people can feel anxious about going to their Hearing. We want you to feel at ease and ready to participate, so we have asked our Participation Officer Jennifer Orren to give advice on some of the areas which children and...

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Stand Up For Siblings

If you want to know more about getting contact with your brothers and sisters, then there is a new resource available. Stand Up For Siblings is a new website which provides information for young people and professionals like social workers and panel members about...

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Celebrating Scottish Apprenticeship Week

As we celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship week, we talk to one of our Modern Apprentices Sophie Henderson about her experiences working with SCRA… So Sophie what made you apply for the Modern Apprenticeship post? “My Social Worker told my foster carer about it, and I...

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Filming gets underway

SCRA is making a new film aimed at young people. The short film will show a Pre-Hearing visit at one of our Hearing centres. The aim of the film is to highlight to young people the benefit of going to a Pre-Hearing visit. The film, which will be launched later this...

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Welcome to our new Development Worker

Hi there, my name is Jacqui Dunbar and I started my new job as the Development Worker for Our Hearings, Our Voice on the 29th of January 2018.  I’m looking forward to supporting children and young people who are Hearing and care experienced to develop the very first...

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New Hearing rooms have style – a blog by Sophie

For just over a year I have been a Modern Apprentice with SCRA. Before working for them I had been through the Hearings System myself, so I knew a little bit about the Children’s Reporter. I still stay with my foster carers who I’ve lived with for almost 5 years, and...

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New look for rights flyer

SCRA regularly reviews its information materials so that they remain relevant to young people, appealing and easy to understand. Our ‘Your Rights’ flyer is the latest leaflet to have a revamp. Aimed specifically at providing rights based information to children and...

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Corporate Parenting Annual Report

To mark the start of the Year of Young People 2018, SCRA has published an Annual Report aimed at young people. The Annual Report – which you can read here - looks at some of the progress following the first year of SCRA’s Corporate Parenting Plan which was launched in...

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Pre-Hearing visits – Jordan’s story

Have you heard about Pre-Hearing visits? Do you know they can help you prepare for your Children’s Hearing? We asked one young person to write about their experience of a Pre-Hearing visit. Here’s Jordan’s story… “I didn’t really know what a Pre-Hearing visit was...

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SCRA is now on Instagram!

The Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) has joined Instagram.  You can follow our account scotchildreporter for all our latest news and updates. SCRA’s Press and Communications Manager Maryanne McIntyre said: “We are committed to continually improving...

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Stickie notes pilot gets underway

To encourage more children and young people to fill in their All About Me forms before their Hearing, SCRA is trialling the use of eye-catching, bright green, speech bubble stickie notes. Printed inside the speech bubble are the words ‘Remember to fill in your All...

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SCRA Annual Report 2016/17

The Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) has published its Annual Report for 2016/17. The Annual Report provides statistical information about the numbers of children and young people referred to the Reporter in 2016/17. The statistics show that in...

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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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