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Children's Hearings Act goes live

The Children's Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 went live on 24 June 2013. It means there is now a new single, national Children's Panel for Scotland.
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Safeguarders Panel

Children 1st is responsible for the management and arrangements for the new national Safeguarders Panel, which took effect with the rest of the Act on 24 June 2013.
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  • Publications

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  • Legislation

    More information on the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 and how it was produced

  • Kilbrandon conference

    A conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Kilbrandon report, held on 13 June 2014

Practice, Recognition and Modernisation Conference, Nov 2012, Aviemore


The Children's Hearings system was established in the Kilbrandon Report of 1964. It ensures that children and young people who offend and those who require care and protection are equally deserving to be considered as children in need. The Children's Hearings system provides support and assistance to Scotland's most vulnerable children and young people, aiming to improve outcomes for them and promote and support their rights.