Children's Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011

The Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act (2011) governs the Children’s Hearings system. 

Grounds for referral to the Reporter to the Children’s Hearing include: 

  • Child likely to be exposed to a person whose conduct may abuse or harm the child, or seriously adversely affect the child’s health, safety or development; 
  • Child likely to have close connection with someone who has carried out domestic abuse; 
  • Child’s conduct likely to have serious adverse effect on themselves or another; 
  • Child likely to be pressurised into entering a marriage or civil partnership; 
  • Child likely to have close connection with Schedule 1 offender (including offences under Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009); and 
  • Child has misused alcohol or drugs (whether or not a controlled drug). 
  • Child likely to suffer unnecessarily or health or development be seriously impaired due to lack of parental care; 
  • Schedule 1 offence committed in respect of the child or child member of same household as Schedule 1 offender; 
  • Child already looked after (section 25 or Permanence Order) and further measures required (usually secure accommodation); 
  • Child committed an offence; 
  • Child beyond control of relevant person; and 
  • Child not attending school regularly. 
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