National Care Service - children's social services: overview

Overview of social services provided to children and families in Scotland. It forms one of a collection of contextual papers about social care and related areas in Scotland, linking to the National Care Service consultation.

This document is part of a collection

The Children's Hearings System

The Children's Hearings system is Scotland's care and justice system for children and young people. It exists to protect the safety and wellbeing of infants, children and young people across Scotland. The Scottish Children's Reporter Administration and Children's Hearings Scotland are key statutory organisations within this system. It is not proposed that either of these organisations are within the scope of the NCS. Their independence, and that of the Reporter, are key components to the system. The system plays a critical role in the social services provided to children through the decision-making functions.


For queries relating to a child at risk of harm please contact the appropriate local authority directly.

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