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Children's handbooks


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 at legislation.gov.uk. 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 children's 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:

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. 



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