Attending your Virtual Hearing

It’s really important you take part in your Virtual Hearing if you can, as decisions can be made about you and your future. It’s important you let the Panel know how you are feeling or if you are worried about something. 

You will be attending your Hearing using Microsoft Teams or Vscene and will be advised by your local SCRA office which one it will be in a letter through the post.

Connectivity test

About a week before your Virtual Hearing, someone from the Remote Attendance Virtual Hearing Interface (RAVHI) Team will email or phone you, asking if you would like to do a connectivity test.  This is to ensure that there are no issues with your connections and that you have everything to need. 

If you would like to do a test before then, you can contact the Virtual Hearings Team.

Should you choose to have a test, we will send you an email that will have a link to either Vscene or Microsoft Teams at an arranged time for you to ‘meet’ our tester in the virtual room. You can find out more about getting a test here.

Two days before your Hearing is due to take place, you will receive your joining instructions to attend virtually – these are sent to your email address.

Someone from the RAVHI Team will be in the Hearing if it’s through Microsoft Teams at the start to help you with any access issues.

The Virtual Hearings Team is continuing to ensure using the system is as stress free as possible and that your Hearing can go ahead with you in attendance.

Data provision

If you don’t have Wi-Fi, depending on your phone package, attending the Hearing could use up a lot of your data. We can help you with this, and will provide you with additional data by purchasing it in advance and sending it to you. You will get more information on how this works when you speak to the Virtual Hearings Team.

Protecting your privacy

Your privacy in a Virtual Hearing is important. You don’t need to display your name or phone number if you don’t want to. Find out more here.


Depending on whether you are joining via Microsoft Teams or Vscene, we have step by step guidance available.

Helpful information

Please remember, if you have any issues or questions you can contact our Virtual Hearings Team or your Children’s Reporter.

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