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Children and families

Children's Hearings system

This page provides general information about the Children's Hearings system.

The system has been in operation in Scotland since 1971. It deals with children whose situations may require intervention, either because they have offended, or because they have been offended against. It has taken the majority of children out of the court system. Hearings are held in front of members of the Children's Panel.

Children's Panel

The Children's Panel is a group of specially selected volunteers who make decisions about children who have been referred to a children's hearing. Each hearing takes place in front of 3 panel members.

Further information about the Children's Panel and how they operate in East Renfrewshire are available for download:


Full details about the Children's Hearings System is available at the dedicated website:

Further information on the child protection work the Health and Social Care Partnership do can be found at:


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