Our Hearings,
Our Voice

We are creating a NEW national board called Our Hearings, Our Voice – or OHOV for short! The OHOV Board is for children and young people aged 8-18 who have experience of the Children’s Hearings System – you might know it as the Children’s Panel or the Panel.

Could it be you ?

We’re looking for 12 new board members.  To see our recruitment campaign click on the button below.

Any questions???

We have put together a series of short film clips covering the top 10 questions you might have.

Top Questions and Answers about Our Hearings, Our Voice (OHOV):

1. What is Our Hearings, Our Voice?

OHOV is a new Board for children and young people living in Scotland, who are aged 8-18 and who have experience of the Children’s Hearings System – You might know it as the Panel or the Children’s Panel.  The Board is for children and young people who want to make things better within the Hearings System.

2. Who runs it?

The Our Hearings Our Voice team are based in the Scottish Children’s Reporters Administration (SCRA) office in Stirling.  The children and young people’s board will have direct contact with a group of decision makers who work in the different organisations that run    the Children’s Hearing System in Scotland.  Two of the Organisations we will work with a lot are Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS) – they are the organisation who recruit the panel members and the Scottish Children’s Reporters Administration (SCRA) – who manage the Hearings Centres and Reporters for the Hearings System. The Scottish Government fund Our Hearings, Our Voice.

3. How long are the applications open for?

The applications for this round of OHOV Board Members is open for 1 month.  So you have from 3 of September until 1 of October 2018 to apply.

4. Why can’t I send my Application in online or via email?

That’s a really good question!  Our Hearings, Our Voice is a new project, and so Jacqui (the Development Worker) has been looking at what needs to be in place to make sure that you can send your Application over the internet in a way that keeps your personal information safe.  We haven’t quite cracked that yet (it’s a wee bit complicated!) So instead of holding things up any longer, we decided to start with paper applications and we’ll be doing all we can to have different ways to apply for the next time we are looking for Board Members to join OHOV.

5. Why do I have to have a trusted adult to help me travel to OHOV Meetings?

The reason for this is that the OHOV Board is going to be for children and young people aged between 8-18 years old and who live anywhere in Scotland.  Each Board meeting will be held in a different place to make sure that it’s fair for all Board Members to travel to.  Sometimes a Board meeting will be close to where you live, while other ones might be quite far away.  You might be very young, or you might not have experience of travelling on your own, or to different places.  If you have far to travel (let’s say you lived in Fife and a Board meeting is Inverness) then you might need to stay overnight in accommodation (which we would pay for), so again you would need to have someone with you.   We also want to be sure that you have the right amount of support to be fully involved in the Our Hearings, Our Voice Board.  We have a small and experienced team to work with you, but you might want/need to have a little bit more from someone who knows you really well.  So the trusted adult would be there as a support for you in case anything came up that was difficult for you as part of the Board work.

6. What kind of things will I be doing ?

To start with the Board Members will need to get to know each other and take part in training to help you in your new role.  After that we will be working as a group to design a logo for the Board.  You will also decide what the Board’s priorities are and how we will communicate what we are doing.  Everything we do will be with one aim – to see the Children’s Hearing System improve for children and young people in Scotland.

7. What are ‘Commissions’?

Commissions are short term projects that you can chose to get involved in.  Examples of these could be – training panel members or Safeguarders, taking part in an event or meeting decision makers to tell them what you think, creating a new leaflet or game to help children and young people understand Hearings or any number of other things.  You will set the priorities for the work of the Board.  There are lots of adults and organisations who might want to ask you what you think about things they are doing.  They will get in touch with the OHOV Team and see if the Board Members want to be involved.  You will find out more about this at the Information Event.

8. What will happen with my information once I’ve sent my Application in?

We have certain Data Protection laws in Scotland that protect your rights and any information you share about yourself.  The information you share – like the things you put in the OHOV Application is known as ‘personal data’. This means that organisations, projects and people need to make sure they look after any personal data you give them, store it safely and not share it with anyone they shouldn’t be sharing it with.   They must also tell you what they will do with it, how long they will keep it for and also let you know about the other rights you have.   Once OHOV has received your Application in the post, we will scan it and save it in a confidential file in the secure Scottish Government computer system.  The only people who will have access to that file is the OHOV Team and a Senior Manager from Scottish Children’s Reporters Administration.  Once we have stored a copy of your application in the file, we will put your paper form in the confidential waste which means it will be destroyed safely by a professional company who are paid to do this.   We will keep everyone’s applications for 6 months.  After this time we will delete all applications from people who didn’t get a place on the Board.  We will keep Board Members applications on file until they have left the Board.  We will check with Board Members once a year to make sure that the information is still correct and make any updates as needed.   You have a right to privacy. We will not share any of the information you put in your application with anyone unless you write something about you or someone else being at risk of harm.

9. How will you chose who gets offered a place on the Board?

We want everyone to have a fair chance to get involved with OHOV.  We are looking for a Board that includes children and young people across the age range of 8-18, from different parts of Scotland and who are passionate about things changing within the Hearings system.  The OHOV Team will make decisions based on all parts of the application – so what you put in your form about why you want to be involved, getting involved on the recruitment day and the information on your reference.  We know this part could be really tricky as we only have 12 spaces on the Board at the moment.

10. How long do I have to commit to being a Board Member?

We want you to enjoy your time with OHOV and we think it’s a great opportunity to grow and develop new skills.  We also want to be able to keep the Board fresh and make sure as many children and young people as possible get the chance to be involved. We are asking Board Members to make a commitment for 2 years to start with.  That said, we know that’s a long time and life can change a LOT, and you might change your mind about wanting to be involved, so it will always be flexible.  There might be times where you need to take a bit of time out from the Board and that’s okay too.  It’s got to work for you.  We are looking for the first group of Board Members to decide how long children and young people should be able to volunteer with OHOV, so that’s still to be decided. As you come to the end of your time with OHOV we will work with you to look at what other opportunities you are interested in and could get involved in.  This might be through work placements, employment opportunities, further education, getting involved in

We have also created short films covering
some of the questions you might have!

To get your Application
give Jacqui or Sam a call
on Freephone 0131 605 6468

Don’t forget the closing date is Monday 1st October 2018

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