Copies of the reports can be downloaded by clicking on the relevant links below. Older research reports can be found in the Archive section.
This research examined the pathways and decision making processes through the care and court systems for 200 looked after children across Scotland who went on to have direct adoptions (AO), POs, and POs with authority to adopt (POA). Decision making was explored in detail through interviews with key professionals in four local authorities and in focus groups with their Adoption & Permanence Panels.
Permanence Planning and Decision Making for LAC in Scotland (1670 kb)
This supplementary report is on the timescales in the care and permanence processes for 97 children (of the 200 in the sample) who were identified as at risk at or before birth accompanies this report.
Supplementary report into Permanence Planning for LAC in Scotland (953 kb)
This study looked at the extent to which supported young people in Scotland consider themselves to be Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible and Included (SHANARRI).
Well-being of supported young people (1943 kb)
A total of 520 people took part in SCRA's third national survey of children, young people, parents and carers attending Children’s Hearings. It aims to assess performance, and identify areas of good practice and those for improvement.
SCRA Children and Families Survey 2015 (864 kb)
This research looks at why children come to have CPOs made and their outcomes following the CPOs. It considered case information on 175 children, who had CPOs made between 1 October and 31 December 2013, and raises a number of questions about decision making and interventions to protect children at risk.
Child Protection Orders Research Report 2015 (1137 kb)
This research invited young people from across Scotland to take part in focus groups looking at SCRA's communication materials. The aim of the research is to make sure SCRA materials are meeting their purpose in helping to support young people and give them information on the Children's Hearings System.
How SCRA communicates with Young People (1006 kb)
This research examined Reporter decisions on the referrals of 200 children made in April 2013 and covered three key stages: The referring agency and the information contained in the referral ~ The Reporter’s initial decision on the level of investigation required ~ The Reporter’s final assessment and decision made.
Children's Reporter Decision Making (1038 kb)
The Scottish Government requested that SCRA carry out an analysis of our data on children whose first Supervision Requirement is at home with their parent(s)/relevant person(s). This analysis is intended to help identify what further research is needed on children who are looked after at home to inform Scottish Government policy on improving the outcomes for this group of children.
Children whose first Supervision Requirements or Orders are at home with their parent(s) (671 kb)
Earlier this year, our Modern Apprentices (MAs) visited 16 core and 11 Outreach Hearing Centres. Their inspections followed on from the Fit For Us report by the first group of MAs which was published in 2011. The MAs wanted to see if things had improved since Fit for Us was published. As well as visiting offices/Hearing Centres, the MAs also conducted a telephone survey. The report ‘It’s all about change’ was written by our MAs, Sophie Murphy, Chelsee Sutherley and Jasmin Swandells.
It's All About Change Report (1444 kb)
This report details the results of SCRA’s second national survey of children, young people, parents and carers. The aim of the survey was to get feedback on the service they receive from SCRA and their experiences at Children’s Hearings, and was carried out in collaboration with Children’s Hearings Scotland.
Children and Families Survey 2012-13 results (1074 kb)
This research looks at how much education is included in the plans of 250 children on Supervision Requirement aged between three and 17 years old.How much is education included in the plans of children on Supervision Requirements (484 kb)
This follows on from SCRA research on care and permanence planning. The new research looks at decision-making and outcomes for children who have been on Supervision Requirements for five and more years.
Children on Supervision Requirements for five or more years (811 kb)
Let's all make a change for children and young people - published 2012.
One of SCRA’s Modern Apprentices, Zoie Montgomery, has carried out a new piece of research entitled, ‘Let’s all make a change for children and young people’. The report is a young person’s review of research on children views on the Children’s Hearings System .
SCRA’s Modern Apprentices carried out inspection visits of 23 Hearings Centres. Their report makes recommendations to improve Hearing Centres and young people’s experiences of coming to Hearings. An Action Plan has been produced to take forward and implement the Modern Apprentices recommendations in SCRA.
Fit For Us (920 kb)
This research addresses the question - Does the Children’s Hearings System make a difference? SCRA worked with Aberlour Child Care Trust on research to find out if being involved in the Hearings System makes a difference to the lives of young people. In-depth interviews were carried out with 21 young people aged between 11 and 17 years on Hearings processes, the services they received and outcomes from being involved in the Hearings System.
The Children’s Hearings System: understood and making a difference (974 kb)
This consultation was carried out, on behalf of SCRA, by Who Cares? Scotland with 100 children and young people involved in its services. 100 young people aged nine to 17 years completed a questionnaire either on their own or in discussion with their Who Cares? Scotland worker. Young people made suggestions for improvements to Hearings facilities, communications and paperwork, participation and attitudes towards children’s and young people.
Hearing Scotland’s Children (2237 kb)
This study, on the process of care and permanence planning for looked after children was produced on behalf of the Scottish Government and LACSIG. It follows the pathways of 100 children from when they were first identified as at risk through the care and court systems.
Care and Permanence Planning for Looked After Children in Scotland (507 kb)
Findings from a wider piece of research (above) examining the process of care and permanence planning for 100 looked after children in Scotland. Fourty-four of the children had been assessed for risk at birth or prior to birth.
Care and Permanence - Children assessed as at risk at or before birth (212 kb)
The Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) and NHS Health Scotland carried out a survey of early years professionals to find out their levels of knowledge and involvement in the Children’s Hearings System.
NHS Scotland Early Years Network - Awareness of the Children's Hearings System (38 kb)
This analysis was carried out by the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration on data it holds. The aim of this analysis is to help our understanding of children who have had Supervision Requirements lasting for five or more years and from this clarify what more we need to know on the outcomes for these children.
Children who are on Supervision Requirements for five years or more (150 kb)