This research was commissioned by the Scottish Government in September 2016 to examine the role of the safeguarder in the children’s hearings system from the perspectives of six key stakeholder groups: safeguarders, sheriffs, panel members, reporters, social workers and solicitors who represent children and parents / carers. Its aims were:
1. “to identify and quantify the added value that safeguarders bring to decisions relating to children and young people in children’s hearings proceedings from the perspective of practitioners and professionals (including safeguarders themselves)”; and
2. “to inform future development and support requirements for the role of safeguarder within the children’s hearings system through delivering an understanding of how the role of a safeguarder is perceived in practice and how the role impacts on decision-making, both positively and negatively”.