The Time Intervals Working Group was set up in 1997 to report on the processing of cases through the children’s hearings system. Following wide consultation, the first Blueprint, containing a Code of Practice and associated standards and targets, was published in March 1999. The objective was to identify and minimise areas of inconsistency, duplication and unnecessary delay at key points within the system, so that children at risk have their needs addressed effectively at an early stage.
The Time Intervals Working Group, following consultation, has reviewed the standards further in the light of experience and following the development of protocols between Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration and a range of agencies. This Blueprint incorporates these changes.