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Child welfare reporters

The Scottish Government chaired a working group to examine the role of court reporters in cases involving contact and residence with children.  Such a reporter is called a "child welfare reporter".

We have published two documents approved by the working group:

Regulation of child welfare reporters

The Scottish Government has published correspondence between the Government and the Lord President and Sheriffs Principal.  The letters include discussion of a proposed scheme on the training which should be required to be a child welfare reporter.

The Scottish Government will consider the regulation of child welfare reporters - including the requirements for training, qualifications, and experience - in the forthcoming review of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995.

Working group on child welfare reporters

The Scottish Government has published a circular in October 2015 outlining the work of the group to date.  Below you will find further papers relating to the group's work.

  • Background paper that includes the group's terms of reference
  • Agenda for the first meeting, held on 25 January 2013
  • Note of the first meeting
  • Agenda for the second meeting, held on 29 October 2013
  • Options paper from Scottish Government, presented at meeting on 29 October 2013
  • Note of the second meeting

At the meeting on 29 October 2013, the group agreed to set up a sub-group to look at the issues in greater detail.

  • Agenda of the meeting of the sub-group on child welfare reporters, held on 20 March 2014
  • Paper by the Scottish Government with potential recommendations, presented at the meeting on 20 March 2014
  • Note of the meeting held on 20 March 2014

The sub-group on child welfare reporters met again on 2 July 2014.

The sub-group met on 21 October 2014.

  • Agenda and the paper issued for the meeting on 21 October 2014.
  • Note of the meeting held on 21 October 2014.

The sub-group met on 22 January 2015.

  • Agenda issued for the meeting on 22 January 2015.
  • Note of the meeting held on 22 January 2015.