If you are going to a Children’s Hearing, do you know you have some really important rights?
You have the right to:
- To give your views to the Panel Members – and have them taken into account.
- To provide information that you want the Hearing to consider.
- If you are able to understand it, you have the right to be given all the information that the Hearing has.
- You can bring someone with you to help you discuss things in your Hearing. This can be anyone you choose – for example, an advocacy worker, a friend, relative, or any trusted person who you feel will support you.
- You can bring a lawyer (solicitor) as well if you wish.
- To have the number of people attending the Hearing (at the same time) to be kept to as few as possible.
- To appeal against the decision made by the Hearing within 21 days from the date of the Hearing.
- To request another Hearing which can take place 3 months after your last Hearing (if your Hearing made or kept a Compulsory Supervision Order in place).
To see your rights at a glance, click here
Want more information about your rights?
- You can speak to your Children’s Reporter. Their contact details will be on the letter sent to you about your Hearing.
- You can speak to a lawyer (also known as a solicitor) or an advocacy worker, or both, who may be able to help you. Almost all children and young people can have a lawyer without any cost, and advocacy services are always free for children and young people attending a Children’s Hearing.
- You can contact the Scottish Legal Aid Board on 0131 226 7061 to get the name of a lawyer in your area or visit www.slab.org.uk.
- You can speak to a Children’s Rights Officer. Your local Social Work Department should be able to help you with this.
You can read our ‘Your Rights‘ leaflet which explains children and young people’s rights in a Hearing, where to get more information and how to complain.
Your rights are protected by law, which means no one can take your rights away from you.