Going to a Children’s Hearing for the first time? Did you know you can ask for a Pre-Hearing visit?

While SCRA has offered Pre-Hearing visits for a while now, ‘Champions’ have now been appointed in every Locality, as part of SCRA’s ongoing drive to improve the experiences of children and young people involved in the Children’s Hearings System.

The Pre-Hearing Champion’s role is to continue to actively promote the availability of Pre-Hearing visits, be the point of contact for queries about Pre-Hearing visits, and facilitate them when they are requested.

Jennifer Orren, SCRA’s Participation Officer, said: “Children and young people have told SCRA that knowing they have the opportunity to visit a Hearing centre before their Hearing takes place is important to them.

“Reasons for this vary. It can be because it is their first visit, because it has been a while since they last attended, or because they have questions about the room layout and the Children’s Hearing process.”

Pre-Hearing visits involve children and young people visiting a Hearing centre, being shown around, being given the opportunity to ask questions, and are provided with a ‘Pre-Hearing pack’ to take away with them.

The packs contain a supply of useful, relevant information leaflets, and every office has been provided with stocks.

A briefing sheet containing more information about Pre-Hearing visits is available here.

If you have any questions or comments about pre-Hearing visits or Pre-Hearing champions please contact Jennifer Orren.

We also have a podcast available with young people talking about Pre-Hearing visits. Click here to listen.

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