Advocacy in the Children's Hearings System
We are strengthening rights within the Children's Hearings System by developing a specialist advocacy service for children and young people.
This was introduced in Spring 2020 and is set out in section 122 of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011.The national scheme was expanded on 26 July 2021 to provide brothers and sisters with greater opportunities to participate in their sibling's hearing.
The Children’s Hearings Advocacy Expert Reference Group supports the design, delivery and implementation of this service.
We have allocated grant funding to deliver a sustainable model of advocacy to a selection of providers. We have also set up a dedicated website for children, young people and those supporting them. It advises about advocacy and how to obtain it for Children’s Hearings. The Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration also provides information about advocacy and Children’s Hearings
Children's Hearings and Sheriffs appoint Safeguarders where there is the need to safeguard the interests of the child involved.
The Safeguarder does an independent assessment of what is in the child's best interests and provides it to the Hearing or Court.
Children’s advocacy guidance
- National Practice Model for Advocacy in the Children’s Hearings System
- Common core of skills, knowledge, understanding and values for the 'Children's Workforce' in Scotland identifies what every worker should demonstrate if they work with children, young people and families in Scotland
- Children’s advocacy guidance on how to support children and young people to make informed decisions on matters which influence their lives
If you would like more information about this policy area please contact us.
Children's Hearings / Hearings Advocacy Team
Children’s Rights, Protection and Justice Division
Area 2C (South)