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Views & experiences of the Children's Hearing System

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Researchers: Paul Bradshaw
Published: July 2014

Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS) looks at the experiences of children, young people and adults of the Children’s Hearings System.

This is the first time that CHS has commissioned such research and follows a joint survey carried out with the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration in 2012/13, where CHS asked those taking part if they would be willing to participate in this piece of follow up qualitative work. The aim of the research was to capture an in depth view of the lived experiences that lay behind the survey findings. 

Twenty children and young people and sixteen adults from across Scotland participated in the research. One of the main focuses was the participants’ views of panel members. This included their perceptions of the panel members they had encountered, the qualities they believe panel members should possess and how they believe their experiences of contact with panel members could be improved.

Other areas of the research looked at pre-hearing information and preparation, the children’s hearing, the decision and after the hearing, knowledge and experience of rights.