Advocacy in the Children's Hearings System: grant application

A grant for advocacy provider organisations to support children involved in the Children's Hearings System.

Demand for this service

We cannot guarantee any specific quantity of work and numbers provided are for guidance only. For information here are the number of Pre-Hearing Panels and Children's Hearings in 2018 to 2019.

Further statistical information can be found on the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration’s website.


Total Number

Number of Children’s Hearings in 2018-19


Number of Pre-Hearing Panels held in 2018-19




Some factors that will affect levels of demand are beyond the control of the Scottish Government, such as the number of hearings and other meetings and the dates and times that the provider will be required to meet on a case-by-case basis. There are no set rules about the number of contacts a child/young person may wish or require. The provider shall, therefore, provide advocacy to each child or young person to the extent that meets their individual needs.

Estimated demand includes face to face hours with the child/young person, “back office” hours for administration and action on individual cases and time spent on awareness-raising activities.

The provider(s) shall endeavour to enable children and young people up to the age of 18 who are subject to a Children’s Hearing to have access to the service and an advocacy worker.

Based on the returns from provider(s) and feedback from other sources, there will be periodic reviews of the levels of demand for and provision of advocacy for Children’s Hearings.

We will consider the extent and distribution of unmet demand with our own analytical colleagues and the expert reference group who will discuss possible revisions for year 2 grant awards.


To discuss any part of this grant application you can contact the Children’s Hearings Advocacy Team:

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