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Changes to children’s hearings in response to Coronavirus 23 March 2020

From today, Monday 23 March, children’s hearings will be conducted remotely across Scotland.

The decision has been made to protect the health and wellbeing of children and families, Panel Members and everyone else involved in the Hearings System, while ensuring that children remain protected, as we tackle the challenge of Covid-19.

Children’s Hearings Scotland have been working closely with Scottish Government, the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) and Social Work Scotland on contingency measures to both reduce the number of hearings, and ensure when hearings do take place they can be carried out remotely.

Elliot Jackson, National Convener of Children’s Hearing Scotland, says: “Children’s hearings play a vital role in our care system, but we have had to adapt the way we work so we can provide this support remotely.

“Our commitment as we journey longer into potentially increased social distancing and self-isolation measures, is to enable as inclusive and participative approach to hearings as we possibly can in a virtual environment.

“We recognise that these hearings will look and feel different for everyone involved however we will provide support and guidance as plans are developed.

“We will continue to work with SCRA and Social Work colleagues on these interim arrangements which ensure the protection of children while allowing us to play our part in reducing the spread of Covid-19.”

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