COVID-19 – Children’s Hearings update – December 2021
Following the First Minister’s announcement in the Scottish Parliament this week, here is an update on what we are doing to keep Children’s Hearings safe:
In recent months with restrictions having eased, more Children’s Hearings were being held face to face. However, in light of the new Omicron variant and taking into account advice from the Scottish Government, over the festive period and early into the new year, whilst some Children’s Hearings might be held face to face, most Children’s Hearings will be held virtually.
If you are due to participate in a face to face Children’s Hearing and it is likely to change, your Reporter will be in touch as soon as possible to update you/make alternative arrangements.
If you haven’t taken part in a Virtual Hearing before, there’s lots of information and top tips on our website.
Our Hearings centres:
If you do have to visit one of our Hearing centres, our commitment remains that anyone who needs to visit or work in our offices and Hearing centres will be able to do so safely. We have had high baseline safety measures in place throughout the pandemic. We are now returning to two metre physical distancing in all SCRA buildings in order to provide the safest possible environment for everyone. Completing the move to two metres physical distancing across our premises will take a couple of days while we make the change necessary to layout and signage.
There will also be less people in our buildings, as where possible, staff are working from home. If you do visit one of our buildings, we will have plenty of signage directing you, as well as lots of hand sanitiser for you to use.
We continue to ask everyone (unless you are exempt) to wear a face covering in our buildings. Effective immediately, a face covering should be worn at all times during a face to face Hearing, unless it needs to be removed temporarily to make yourself understood. We would also encourage anyone attending a Hearing to take a lateral flow test before attending.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with your Reporter. During this time, please contact us via email if possible.
Contact information for each of our local offices is available in the contact us section of our website.
As has been the case throughout the pandemic, we rely on, and appreciate everyone’s ongoing co-operation to enable us to continue to operate the Children’s Hearings System in as safe a way as possible.
Please continue to be vigilant and follow the Scottish Government’s safety measures set out below:
- get the vaccine or the vaccine booster when available to you
- if you don’t have symptoms take regular lateral flow tests – especially before mixing with other people
- wear a face covering where required
- if you have symptoms – self isolate and book a PCR test
- wash your hands regularly, and cover your nose and mouth if coughing or sneezing
- open windows when meeting indoors
- if you can, keep your distance from people not in your group
- work from home if you can
- use the apps: COVID status (vaccine passport), Protect Scotland and Check-in Scotland.