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Children's Hearings Scotland

This is the Children's Hearings website which provides information on the unique system of care and justice for Scotland’s children and young people. The website also contains background information on Children's Panels and users can learn what actually happens in a Hearing.

Children's hearing system in Scotland

The children's hearings system, Scotland's unique system of juvenile justice, commenced operating on 15 April 1971. The system is centred on the welfare of the child. A fundamental principle is that the needs of the child should be the key test and that children who offend and children who are in need of care and protection should be dealt with in the same system. Cases relating to children who may require compulsory measures of intervention are considered by an independent panel of trained lay people.

The advice needs of young people - the evidence : key research evidence on young people's needs for advice on social welfare issues

Report looking at young people's advice needs in connection with social welfare rights questions such as housing and homelessness. It presents the available evidence and attempts to explain the implications of the evidence. It is intended as a comprehensive source of information for anyone interested in or concerned with this subject.

The Kilbrandon report

The Kilbrandon report was, and still remains, one of the most influential policy statements on how a society should deal with 'children in trouble'. Though it is now over thirty years since it was first published, current debate about child care practices and polices in Scotland still resonates with principles and philosophies derived from the Kilbrandon Report itself.

Responding to Lord Laming's recommendation for further guidance on effective practice for Local Safeguarding Children Boards: a summary outline for consultation and a call for evidence

Lord Laming published The Protection of Children in England: A Progress Report on 12 March 2009. In his report Lord Laming recommended that “The Department for Children, Schools and Families must provide further guidance to Local Safeguarding Children Boards on how to operate as effectively as possible following the publication of the Loughborough University research on Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs)”.The publication of this summary outline builds on the progress already made in addressing Lord Laming’s recommendations.

Scotland’s action programme to reduce youth crime 2002

Action programme aimed at children and young people up to the age of 16 who are offending and at those 17 year olds who are under a statutory supervision requirement. It recognises the need for a more integrated approach between the youth justice and adult criminal justice systems. This report sets out proposals to identify the first steps in achieving this.

It's like that : the views & hopes of disadvantaged young people

Summary of a research programme which looked into the attitudes and aspirations of young people on the margins of mainstream society. The research aimed to help policy makers and services respond better to the needs of disadvantaged young people.

Scottish Executive's youth crime review: report and statement on recommendations

This review explores the work of the hearings and criminal justice systems and sets out the Scottish Executive's assessment of and its recommendations to improve these youth systems.

Piloting penalty notices for disorder on 10- to 15-year olds : results from a one year pilot

Report giving an overview of the use of penalty notices for disorder for 10- to 15-year-olds in six pilot police force areas in England and Wales between July 2005 and June 2006.

Adolescent development and the regulation of youth crime

Paper examining the changing trends in the U.S. youth justice system since the end of the nineteenth century and arguing that a new model should be constructed for the 21st century based on the concept of placing young offenders in an intermediate category, separate from children and adults.