Clan Childlaw (Community Law Advice Network)

Clan Childlaw (Community Law Advice Network)

Grant: £9,600
September 7, 2018

The Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011, which modernised the children’s hearings system, was brought into force 4 years ago.The only section that is still not law is a requirement for the hearing to inform the child of the availability of children’s advocacy services.

In late 2017, the Scottish Government commissioned Who Cares? Scotland to develop a National Practice Model and Service Delivery Model for children’s advocacy. This work is almost complete, and the Scottish Government is now developing a procurement process and is aiming for the model to be in place by the end of next year.

This is therefore an opportune time to influence how the advocacy element of the Act is implemented, to ensure that legally informed advocacy in Children’s Hearings for all care-experienced young people is embedded into processes and practice.

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