Background - what is a children's hearing?
A children's hearing is a legal meeting that children and young people can be asked to go to. This may be with their families or carers to sort out problems.
There are many reasons a child can be asked to go to a children's hearing. These include if someone is worried that they are not being cared for properly or if they have been in trouble with the police.
A Children's Reporter is the person that decides if there needs to be a children's hearing. Information about a child or young person is sent to the Children's Reporter so they can decide.
They may decide there needs to be a children's hearing. Or they may not need a children's hearing. They may decide they need support from social work and other services. Some children will not need any further help at all.
The children's hearing is made up of 3 people. They are called the panel members. Panel members make decisions to support children.
If they are worried they can make a compulsory supervision order. This is a legal document which allows people like a social worker to help the child or young person.
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