Coronavirus – attending Children’s Hearings

Coronavirus – update on virtual Children’s Hearings – published Monday 21 May

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, all SCRA offices and Hearing centres remain closed.

Children’s Hearings are now being held remotely.

Only those Hearings required for the urgent and immediate protection of a child/young person are taking place or where required to protect an expiring order.  All non-essential Hearings have been rescheduled and will take place at the earliest date possible.

For children, young people and relevant persons attending a virtual Hearing, they will receive a letter from the Children’s Reporter giving them more information about how they can participate via their tablet laptop/PC or mobile phone.

With the letter about the Hearing, they will also receive an information sheet which will explain how they can join a virtual Hearing.

The Virtual Hearings Team will then send instructions to help people with the set up. This will be followed by a test to make sure everyone is prepared for the day of the Hearing.

The information that is being sent to children, young people and relevant persons, includes top tips about virtual Hearings. It also provides information about rights and reminds children and young people that they have the right to have a trusted adult, an advocate or lawyer attend the virtual Hearing to provide support.

We know it might not be possible for every child, young person or relevant person to join their Hearing remotely. We are doing all we can to make this happen, but if children, young people and relevant persons cannot join their Hearing virtually, they can still provide their views. This can be done by emailing the information to the local team mailbox and the Reporter will then ensure this information is given to the Panel Members. This information is included in the letter sent to children, young people and relevant persons.

If you need to contact one of our local teams, please contact them via email or telephone. A list of local email addresses and phone numbers is available here.

There is other people who can help you. You can find a list of Legal Representatives in your area here. You can find a list of all the Advocacy organisations in your area here.

You can contact Parentline on 0800 28 22 33 or via their website.

We have also created a set of questions and answers which might help you if participating in a virtual Hearing. You can read them here.

Taking part in a virtual Hearing? Check out our top tips animation! More detailed advice is available here.


Contact someone local

During the Coronavirus pandemic, please contact us via email rather than telephone. Here’s email addresses for all our local teams.

City of Aberdeen: Tel: 0131 244 8720 or email: grampianmailbox@scra.gov.uk
Alloa: Tel: 0131 244 8700 or email: StirlingMailbox@scra.gov.uk
Angus: Tel: 0131 244 5700 or email: AngusMailbox@scra.gov.uk
Ayr: Tel: 0131 244 8777 or email: Ayrshiremailbox@scra.gov.uk
Bellshill: Tel: 0131 244 8701 or email: NorthLanarkshireMailbox@scra.gov.uk
Dalkeith: Tel: 0131 244 4111 or email: southeastmailbox@scra.gov.uk
Dumbarton: Tel: 0131 244 8540 or email: WestDunbartonshireMailbox@scra.gov.uk
Dumfries: Tel: 0131 244 8550 or email: DumfriesMailbox@scra.gov.uk
Dundee:  Tel: 0131 244 5700 or email: DundeeMailbox@scra.gov.uk
Edinburgh: Tel: 0131 244 4111 or email: southeastmailbox@scra.gov.uk
Elgin: Tel: 0131 244 8716 or email: MorayMailbox@scra.gov.uk
Falkirk: Tel: 0131 244 8700 or email:  FalkirkMailbox@scra.gov.uk
Fraserburgh: Tel: 0131 244 8720 or email: AberdeenshireMailbox@scra.gov.uk
Glasgow: Tel: 0131 244 2100 or email: GlasgowMailbox@scra.gov.uk
Glenrothes: Tel: 0131 244 4106 or email: FifeMailbox@scra.gov.uk
Greenock: Tel: 0131 244 8560 or email: InverclydeMailbox@scra.gov.uk
Hamilton: Tel: 0131 244 8701 or email: SouthLanarkshireMailbox@scra.gov.uk
Inverness:  Tel: 0131 244 8788 or email: InvernessMailbox@scra.gov.uk
Irvine: Tel: 0131 244 8777 or email: Ayrshiremailbox@scra.gov.uk
Kilmarnock: Tel: 0131 244 8777 or email: Ayrshiremailbox@scra.gov.uk
Kirkwall: Tel: 0131 244 8379 or email: OrkneyMailbox@scra.gov.uk
Lerwick: Tel: 0131 244 3780 or email: ShetlandMailbox@scra.gov.uk
Livingston:  Tel: 0131 244 8700 or email: WestLothianMailbox@scra.gov.uk
Lochgilphead: Tel: 0131 244 8540 or email: ArgyllandButeMailbox@scra.gov.uk
Paisley: Tel: 0131 244 8201 or email: RenfrewshireMailbox@scra.gov.uk
Perth: Tel: 0131 244 5700 or email: PerthandKinrossMailbox@scra.gov.uk
Selkirk: Tel: 0131 244 4111 or email: southeastmailbox@scra.gov.uk
Stirling: Tel: 0131 244 8700 or email: StirlingMailbox@scra.gov.uk
Stornoway: Tel: 0131 244 8391 or email: EileanSiarMailbox@scra.gov.uk
Stranraer: Tel: 0131 244 8561 or email: StranraerMailbox@scra.gov.uk
Thurso:  Tel: 0131 244 8386 or email: ThursoMailbox@scra.gov.uk
Tranent: Tel: 0131 244 4111 or email: southeastmailbox@scra.gov.uk

Children’s Hearings court proceedings

If you are due to attend court for Children’s Hearings proceedings, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service is advising that no member of the public should attend court. Please visit the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service website for more information.


Guidance - Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020

The Scottish Government has issued guidance on looked after children and children’s hearings following last week’s emergency Coronavirus legislation. The guidance document, which is aimed at stakeholders, gives an overview of key provisions in the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020. You can read the guidance document here.


Emergency legislation and Children’s Hearings

Under the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020, there are some temporary changes to the law.  These changes are only in force for as long as the new temporary legislation is in force. This information sheet is designed to help children, young people and families understand some of the changes. Click here to find out more.


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