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Accessibility statement

Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS) is committed to ensuring that our website is accessible to all of our visitors.

Our website has been developed to comply with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0).

Access Keys

Access keys enable site visitors to move directly to specific pages by using their keyboard to navigate.

To do this, hold down your Alt key (Windows) or Ctrl Key (Apple Macintosh) and select the relevant number from the below list. If you are using an Internet Explorer browser, you will then need to press Enter.

0 - Accessibility Statement

1 - Home Page

S - Skip to Content

Browser Accessibility

Accessibility features on most browsers, such as the ability to change the text size, colour and increase magnification, can be customised to suit the requirements of individual users.

Guidance on modifying browser features to suit individual requirements is available on the websites of individual browser companies.

Further guidance on altering accessibility features is available on My Web, My Way, an online resource created by AbilityNet and the BBC that provides accessibility guidance for all computer users, regardless of ability or disability.

Browser Compatibility

The CHS website has been tested for compatibility to the following browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 7+
  • Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Mac Safari (latest version)


The colours used for all text and background colours on the website have been tested for strong colour contrast.

Font and text size

We have selected font and text sizes that we think are clear and easy to read.

Text size can also be adjusted by using the browser controls described below:

Internet Explorer

  • select View to expand the view drop-down menu
  • select the Text Size option
  • choose your preferred text size

Google Chrome

  • select the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar
  • select Settings
  • click Show advanced settings
  • in the Web Content section, use the Font size drop-down menu to adjust text size


  • select View to open the View menu
  • select the Text Size option
  • select Increase or Decrease

Mac Safari

  • select View to open the View menu
  • select Zoom Text Only if you only want to alter the text size on the web page
  • select Zoom In or Zoom Out
  • in older versions of Safari, you need to choose either Make Text Bigger or Make Text Smaller


Descriptive alternative text has been assigned to all images, graphics or symbols used on the website. Images that are purely for decorative purposes have been assigned a null alternative text value.


We have tried to make the web site as easy to navigate as possible in the following ways:

  • consistent heading structure used throughout the site
  • search box on the home page
  • navigation links called ‘breadcrumb trails’ are displayed directly underneath the main navigation bar, helping visitors see where they are on the site


We aim to use language that simple and easy to understand. Where jargon, acronyms and abbreviations relating to the Children’s Hearings System are used, we have included their meanings in the CHS Jargon Buster.


Most downloadable documents on our website are Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Files (PDFs). We aim to ensure that all PDFs are bookmarked.

If you require a printed copy or a copy in an alternative format and/or language, please contact us at communications@chs.gsi.gov.uk or on 0131 244 3696 to discuss your needs.


CHS welcomes and values feedback that will help us make our website easier for visitors to use.

If you encounter any problems whilst using our website or have any queries or suggestions on making our website more accessible please get in touch with us at communications@chs.gsi.gov.uk

Updated 24/06/13