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National Standards for the Children's Panel Published 23 July 2012

The national standards have been developed to provide a clear framework for practice across the Children's Panel.

The national standards set out the responsibilities of the National Convener and Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS) towards panel members and Area Support Teams (ASTs). They also provide a set of core values, principles and expectations in relation to the behaviours and practice of everyone directly involved with the Children’s Panel.

They provide core practice standards to support panel members serving on children’s hearings.

The standards apply to panel members, AST members, the National Convener and to everyone at CHS, including Board members.

The standards are:

  • Standard 1: Children and young people are at the centre of everything we do
  • Standard 2: Panel members are well equipped and supported to undertake their role
  • Standard 3: Panel member practice is consistent across Scotland
  • Standard 4: Every children’s hearing is managed fairly and effectively
  • Standard 5: Every children’s hearing makes decisions based on sound reasons in the best interests of the child or young person
  • Standard 6: Area Support Team members are well equipped and supported to undertake their role
  • Standard 7: Communication and information sharing across the Children’s Panel, ASTs and CHS is clear, appropriate and purposeful
  • Standard 8: Functions, roles and responsibilities are clearly defined and understood within the system

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