Our Members

The CHIP brings together a range of people from organisations across Scotland who have a common interest in developing and improving the Children’s Hearings System. Chaired by the Scottish Government, it includes representatives from all key partners in the Hearings System. You can see a list of our member organisations below.

Barnardo’s Scotland

We believe a child’s future should never be defined by their past. Whoever they are, and whatever they have been through, we believe in them and their future.


CELCIS is a leading improvement and innovation centre in Scotland. We improve children’s lives by supporting people and organisations to drive long-lasting change in the services they need, and the practices used by people responsible for their care.

The Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ)

The Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ) is dedicated to supporting improvements in youth justice, contributing to better lives for individuals, families and communities across Scotland.

Children 1st

Scotland’s National Children’s Charity. Working towards a happy, healthy, safe and secure childhood for all children in Scotland.

Children’s Hearings Scotland

Children’s Hearings Scotland – national body supporting Children’s Panel members and local AST volunteers to help improve outcomes for children and young people


The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) is Scotland’s prosecution service. They receive reports about crimes from the police and other reporting agencies and then decide what action to take, including whether to prosecute someone.


The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) is the national association of Scottish councils and acts as an employer’s association for its 32 member authorities.

Education Scotland

Education Scotland is an Executive Agency of the Scottish Government, tasked with improving the quality of the country’s education system.


Charity supporting some of Scotland’s most troubled and vulnerable young people 24/7 – helping them when they are most in need.

Judicial Institute

The Judicial Institute for Scotland provides education for Scottish judges.

Law Society of Scotland

Our aim is to lead legal excellence as a world-class professional body within the legal profession, while protecting the public interest.

NHS Scotland

NHS Health Scotland is a national Health Board working with public, private and third sectors to reduce health inequalities and improve health.

NSPCC Scotland

We provide services across Scotland to help give children and young people the support they need to thrive.

Our Hearings, Our Voice

Creating a children and young people’s board for the Children’s Hearings System

Police Scotland

Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe throughout the whole country.

Safeguarders Panel

Working with the Scottish Government, and all those involved in the Children’s Hearing System to ensure that a child’s best interests are at the heart of any children’s hearing or related court proceeding.

Scottish Courts

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) is the body which is responsible for the administration of the court system and tribunal system of Scotland.

Scottish Government

The devolved government for Scotland has a range of responsibilities which include: health, education, justice, rural affairs, housing and the environment.

Scottish Legal Aid Board

SLAB is responsible for considering applications from solicitors to represent children and adults in the children’s hearing system at panel hearings and in court, and for paying those solicitors through the Government’s legal aid fund.

Social Work Scotland

Social Work Scotland is the professional leadership body for the social work and social care professions.

Scottish Social Services Council

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is the regulator for the social service workforce in Scotland. Our work means the people of Scotland can count on social services being provided by a trusted, skilled and confident workforce.


SCRA’s vision: to transform the life chances of vulnerable children and young people in Scotland, by ensuring their needs are at the centre of everything we do.

The Children’s Hearings Improvement Partnership


Working together, sharing ideas and co-ordinating our efforts to improve services for children and young people.

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