CHIP Latest News

This section contains all the latest news from the CHIP, including minutes from meetings and our vision and values document.
Guidance – Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020

Guidance – Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020

The Scottish Government has issued guidance on looked after children and children’s hearings followng last week’s emergency Coronavirus legislation. The guidance document, which is aimed at stakeholders, gives an overview of key provisions in the Coronavirus...

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Coronavirus – joint statement

Coronavirus – joint statement

Like every public service, the children’s hearings system is significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  This is a summary of the current arrangements that exist at the date of this statement. All SCRA and CHS offices are closed to the public.  Almost all our...

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CHIP latest minutes

CHIP latest minutes

The minutes from the last two meetings of the CHIP are now available. You can view the minute from 27.02.20 here and the minute from 02.12.19 is available here.

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Fife CHIP – looking back on 2019

Fife CHIP – looking back on 2019

The Fife Children’s Hearings Improvement Partnership has published a report looking at some of the highlights from 2019. The report includes a round-up of partner training and it also touches on some future plans. You can read the report here. If you have any...

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CHIP minute – September 2019

CHIP minute – September 2019

The minute of the CHIP meeting on Monday 9 September 2019 is now available. You can view it here. This meeting included a workshop discussion on the recently published research report on Home Compulsory Supervision Orders which you can view here.

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CHIP learning materials

CHIP learning materials

New learning materials are now available on the CHIP website. You can view them here. Piloted before being launched, the three learning packages can work on their own, or can be used together as a really powerful tool for transformational change. The packages - ‘Mock...

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Progress on Better Hearings

Progress on Better Hearings

A report looking at Better Hearings activity over the past 12 months has been published today. The Children’s Hearings Improvement Partnership (CHIP) has published a Better Hearings Progress Report. You can view the report here. The report has been published during...

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CHIP Autumn briefing

CHIP Autumn briefing

The Children's Hearings Improvement Partnership (CHIP) has published the latest edition of its quarterly briefing sheet. You can view the autumn edition here. This issue includes the highlights of a CHIP discussion on the Home Compulsory Supervision Orders research...

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CHIP June Minutes

CHIP June Minutes

The minutes from the CHIP meeting on 10 June 2019 are now available. You can view them here. The June meeting included an update on Better Hearings and Learning and Development.

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CHIP Briefing Sheet summer 2019

CHIP Briefing Sheet summer 2019

The CHIP has published its quarterly briefing sheet. It includes an update on Better Hearings. It also includes the minutes from the March meeting. You can view the summer edition here.The next one will be issued later this autumn. If you have any questions, please...

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Complexity seminar – briefing sheet

Complexity seminar – briefing sheet

On 17 December the Scottish Government hosted the first CHIP seminar, at Victoria Quay, Edinburgh. The seminar focussed on research published by the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) in January 2018 – ‘Complexity in the lives of looked after children...

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December CHIP minutes

December CHIP minutes

The minutes of the CHIP meeting held on 10 December 2018 are now available. You can view them here. They were approved at the recent meeting on 4 March. The December meeting heard an update from the Care Review regarding Stop Go discussions and also received a...

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Glasgow CHIP celebrates first birthday

Glasgow CHIP celebrates first birthday

The Glasgow Children’s Hearings Improvement Partnership marked its first anniversary with a gathering of partners to review the first 12 months of operation.Key partners from across the city got together on Wednesday 30 January to look back on the year and also to...

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CHIP briefing – January 2019

CHIP briefing – January 2019

A briefing sheet has been published giving some highlights of the latest CHIP meeting and also some other work which is ongoing. You can read the briefing sheet following the meeting on 10 December here. This is our third quarterly briefing following a meeting. The...

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CHIP minutes – September 2018

CHIP minutes – September 2018

The minutes of the CHIP meeting held on 13 September 2018 are now available. You can view them here. They were approved at the recent meeting on 10 December. If you have any questions about the minutes, please get in touch via CHIP-partnership@gov.scot...

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CHIP seminar focuses on complexity research

CHIP seminar focuses on complexity research

On 17 December the Scottish Government hosted the first CHIP seminar, at Victoria Quay, Edinburgh. The seminar focussed on research published by the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) in January 2018 – ‘Complexity in the lives of looked after children...

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Latest CHIP briefing

Latest CHIP briefing

A briefing sheet has been published giving some highlights of the latest CHIP meeting and also some other work which is ongoing. You can read the briefing sheet following the meeting on 13 September here. This is our second briefing following a meeting. Going forward,...

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CHIP minutes – June 2018

CHIP minutes – June 2018

The minutes of the CHIP meeting held on 12 June 2018 are now available. You can view them here. They were approved at the recent meeting on 13 September. If you have any questions about the minutes, please get in touch via CHIP-partnership@gov.scot  ...

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New research report

New research report

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...

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CHIP briefing

CHIP briefing

A briefing sheet has been published giving some highlights of the June CHIP meeting and also some other work which is ongoing. You can read the briefing sheet here. Going forward, a briefing sheet will be issued quarterly, following each CHIP meeting....

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Solicitors – supporting children and families

Solicitors – supporting children and families

Work is underway to better equip solicitors to support children and families at Children’s Hearings. The CHIP has set up a short term working group to identify the essential areas of knowledge that solicitors require in order to engage constructively in the Children’s...

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March CHIP minute now available

March CHIP minute now available

The minutes from the March 2018 meeting of the Children’s Hearings Improvement Partnership (CHIP) have now been published after being approved at the last meeting on 12 June. You can view the minutes here. The minute from the June meeting will be available in...

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Glasgow CHIP Minute

Glasgow CHIP Minute

The minutes of the latest Glasgow CHIP meeting on 3 May 2018 are now available. The next meeting will take place on 6 September 2018.  Click here to view them.   

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December 2017 meeting – minutes published

December 2017 meeting – minutes published

The minutes from the December 2017 meeting of the Children’s Hearings Improvement Partnership (CHIP) have now been published after being approved at the last meeting in March. You can view the minutes here. The minute from the March meeting will be available shortly....

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Glasgow CHIP – latest minute

Glasgow CHIP – latest minute

The Glasgow CHIP continues to go from strength to strength. It was launched in November 2017 to enhance partnership working arrangements in the city and involves partners from across the Children’s Hearings System. The minutes of the most recent meeting on 1 February...

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Kilbrandon Lecture

Kilbrandon Lecture

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, delivered the Kilbrandon Lecture on Thursday 23 November in the Barony Hall at the University of Strathclyde. You can view the full transcript of her presentation here.  

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CHIP launch in Glasgow

CHIP launch in Glasgow

Partners in the Hearings System came together on Friday to launch a Children’s Hearings Improvement Partnership for Glasgow. The Glasgow CHIP brings together partners from across the city who all play key roles in the Children’s Hearings System. The event was held in...

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Safeguarder research

Safeguarder research

The University of Strathclyde has published new research today into the role of the Safeguarder in the Children’s Hearings System. You can read the report here. Minister for Early Years and Childcare Maree Todd welcomed publication of the report. She said: “We are...

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New online resource

New online resource

The CHIP website has a new addition – an online resource detailing roles and responsibilities in the Hearings System. You can view the new resource here. The resource has sections for each of the main organisations in the Hearings System. The resource provides an at a...

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Latest CHIP minutes published

Latest CHIP minutes published

The minute of the CHIP meeting on 13 September 2017 has been published. You can view it here. This meeting included an update on the Named Person issue and the Education and Skills Committee. There was also an update on the work of the CHIP working groups and an input...

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Vision and priorities for justice in Scotland

Vision and priorities for justice in Scotland

An ambitious new strategy to create safer, just and more resilient communities across Scotland has been unveiled by the Justice Secretary Michael Matheson. The ‘Vision and Priorities’ for Justice was launched as demolition work began at Cornton Vale women’s prison and...

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Latest CHIP minutes published

Latest CHIP minutes published

The minutes from the March meeting of the Children’s Hearings Improvement Partnership (CHIP) have now been published after being approved at the last meeting on 6 June. You can view the minutes here. The March meeting included a discussion on the Education and Skills...

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CHIP recent minutes have been published

CHIP recent minutes have been published

The minutes from the September meeting of the Children’s Hearings Improvement Partnership (CHIP) have now been published after being approved at the last meeting on 8 December. You can view the minutes here. The September meeting looked at a range of issues and...

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Better Hearings Report published

Better Hearings Report published

A new research report ‘The Next Steps towards Better Hearings’ has been published today. The report has been produced by the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) on behalf of the CHIP. The report is the response to long standing...

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CHIP welcomes new research

CHIP welcomes new research

The Children’s Hearings Improvement Partnership (CHIP) has welcomed the publication of new research on ‘the role of the solicitor in the Children’s Hearings System’. The Children’s Hearings Improvement Partnership (CHIP) has welcomed the...

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CHIP latest minutes have been published

CHIP latest minutes have been published

The latest minutes from the CHIP have been published.  This meeting looked at a number of issues, including updates from the various CHIP workstreams and from the Youth Justice Board. The meeting also got an update on plans to create a Young People’s Board for the...

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Foundations for Young People’s Board

Foundations for Young People’s Board

Foundations for a Young People’s Board for the Children’s Hearings System have been laid. Care and Hearings-experienced young people recently spent a day together in Glasgow looking at how a Board made up of young people could be constructed to best support and...

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CHIP Visions and Values Statement

CHIP Visions and Values Statement

The Children’s Hearings Improvement Partnership has unveiled its new Vision and Values statement. It was one of the priority activities for the CHIP to create a statement of vision and values which reflect the enduring ethos of the Children’s Hearings System. The aim...

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Referral to the Reporter guidance

Referral to the Reporter guidance

A guidance document has been produced by the CHIP and shared with partners in the Hearings System. It is aimed at giving practical advice to any professional who is considering making a referral to the Reporter. The document ‘Guidance on Referral to the Reporter’ has...

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