Children’s Hearings / Children’s Referrals

Children’s Hearings take place when there has been a referral to the Children’s Reporter. The Reporter is responsible for assessing the potential risk to your child. If they feel that there is potential risk they will send the matter to a Children’s Hearing. The hearing is made up of three panel members, who are volunteers. They receive training but are not legally qualified like Sheriff’s in Court.

There are complex procedures surrounding the Children’s Hearing system and it is extremely important that you seek experienced legal advice to help guide you through the process. You may be presented with Ground of Referral, which is established may have serious impact on what happens to your child and whether you are allowed to parent to the full capacity. You are able to deny grounds and have them remitted to the Sheriff Court to be established by evidence. You can also appeal any decision of a Children’s Hearing.

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Our experience in Children’s Hearings mean we are here to guide you through this process. Please don’t hesitate to contact us, as soon as you have had any involvement with social work or have been referred to the Children’s Reporter.

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