The handbook for Children's Proceedings under the Children's Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 is available on our website.
The handbook for Children's Proceedings under the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 is available on request. We have created guidance for applications for Children’s Legal Aid for an application to the sheriff for a review of a finding under section 85 of this Act, and onward appeals to the SAC and COS, as this is the only kind of legal aid application that can still be made under this Act.
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.