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Children's Hearings Act goes live

The Children's Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 went live on 24 June 2013. It means there is now a new single, national Children's Panel for Scotland.
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Read a blog on Engage by the Convenor, Bernadette Monaghan

Safeguarders Panel

Children 1st is responsible for the management and arrangements for the new national Safeguarders Panel, which took effect with the rest of the Act on 24 June 2013.
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Read recent (and archived) publications relating to Children's Hearings


More information on the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 and how it was produced


Partner working groups

How organisations are helping the Government to implement the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011

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The key organisations involved in Children’s Hearings and what their role is

Practice, Recognition and Modernisation Conference, Nov 2012, Aviemore


The Children's Hearings system was established in the Kilbrandon Report of 1964. It ensures that children and young people who offend and those who require care and protection are equally deserving to be considered as children in need. The Children's Hearings system provides support and assistance to Scotland's most vulnerable children and young people, aiming to improve outcomes for them and promote and support their rights.