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What a children's hearing is

A children's hearing is a legal meeting to decide what's best for a child or young person under 18 who needs help. A hearing may be held if:

  • they're not being looked after properly
  • they've been in trouble with the police or at school

The hearing will give the child or young person the chance to talk about what's happening in their life. It will set out the legal steps to get them the help they need.

If you're worried about a child, you can contact your local Children's Reporter who will decide if a hearing is needed.

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