CELCIS (Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children) have worked with SCRA to produce a new research report. The report ‘Contact Decisions in the Children’s Hearings System’ is available to read here. The research considered – When and how, if at all, do decisions relating to contact by Children’s Hearings differ from social work report recommendations?

The key findings included:

  • Children and young people’s views on contact are often not recorded in Hearings’ documentation.
  • The majority of Hearings’ contact decisions reflect social work recommendations.
  • Hearing decisions and social work recommendations are justified using similar reasons.
  • Reasons for Hearings’ decisions and social work recommendations are often not well recorded.
  • Reasoning for both Hearings’ decisions and social work recommendations is variable.

The report recommends a number of action points going forward.

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