Although the new provisions came into effect on 24 June 2013 they initially affected only new cases. For a period of time, older cases continued to be dealt with under the previous statutory provisions.
Please select the appropriate handbook below:
Children’s Proceedings under the Children (Scotland) Act 1995
Children’s Proceedings under the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011
CHIP - Vision and Values statement
The Children’s Hearings Improvement Partnership (CHIP) has produced a Vision and Values Statement, which is supported by all of those organisations involved in the children’s hearings system, including SLAB and the Law Society of Scotland.
The statement aims to set clear expectations of all of those working in it, including the following key components:
- understanding of each other's roles and responsibilities in the Hearings System
- respect for the roles and responsibilities of others – demonstrated through constructive, positive behaviours, consistent with the ethos of the Hearings System
- a commitment to the principle of paramount concern of ‘best interests’ of the child/young person in all elements of our contributions, actions and decision making.
Solicitors who provide representation under children’s legal assistance should have regard to the Vision and Values when working in the children’s hearings system.