Children's Hearings Advocacy Expert Reference Group


The Children’s Hearings Advocacy Expert Reference Group (ERG) was established in 2019 to advise Ministers on arrangements to work with us to establish and develop a sustainable model of advocacy to deliver on section 122 of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011. Children’s advocacy is about supporting a child to express their own needs and views, helping them to play their part in child-centred discussions and informed decisions on matters which influence their lives. 


The group is chaired by the Scottish Government Programme Manager and membership of the group draws upon experts with a range of knowledge and extensive experience of delivering independent advocacy services, and specifically in delivering services and improvement for children and young people.  Representatives from organisations include: 

  • Advocacy Service Aberdeen
  • Advocacy Western Isles
  • Angus Independent Advocacy
  • Barnardo’s Scotland
  • Borders Independent Advocacy Service
  • CAPS Independent Advocacy
  • Central Advocacy Partners
  • Centre for Children’s Care and Protection (CELCIS) 
  • Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ)
  • Children 1st
  • Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS)
  • Clan Childlaw
  • East Ayrshire Advocacy Service
  • Independent Advocacy Perth and Kinross
  • Law Society of Scotland
  • Partners in Advocacy
  • Scottish Child Law Centre
  • Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA)
  • Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA)
  • Scottish Legal Aid Board
  • Social Work Scotland
  • Who Cares? Scotland

Read the minutes from meetings of the communications and engagement sub-grouptraining and continuing professional development sub-group and the legislation and regulations sub-group.






Children's Hearings Advocacy Team
Care, Protection and Justice Division
Area 2A (South)
Victoria Quay
EH6 6QQ  

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