If a child needs help or support because for example, of being hurt or abused, or not looked after properly, a Children’s Hearing can decide what’s best to do, for child and family.
At the Children’s Hearing, three people (panel members) will listen to the child and any other relevant people – a teacher, social workers or parents. The idea is that the panel will ultimately decide what’s best to do for the child.
The Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) is the body responsible for Children’s Hearings, and how they operate. If you want good information children and young people to explain Children’s Hearings, try the SCRA website. It has a useful jargon buster, leaflets and a video.