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What happens at a hearing

What happens at a hearing

The panel members will ask the child or young person, and their parents or carer:

  • if they understand what they've been asked to come to the hearing
  • if they agree with the reasons for it

A children's hearing court case might be arranged if anyone does not understand or disagrees with the reasons for the hearing.

The panel members will ask the child or young person some questions and they'll get the chance to tell them how they feel and what they'd like to happen. They'll also have the chance to ask the panel members questions.

SCRA have more information about what to expect at a hearing, including who will be in the room. Find 

Some of the words used at the hearing can be hard to understand. Find out what some of these words mean on the SCRA website.

What decisions can be made

After listening to what everyone says, the panel members will decide what they think is best for the child or young person.

They might decide:

  • nothing needs to be done because the situation has improved
  • they need more information before making a decision at another hearing
  • to make something called a Compulsory Supervision Order - this is a legal document that says the Local Authority will help to support the child or young person

The SCRA website has:

Appeal against a decision

You can appeal the decision made at a hearing.

An appeal can only be made if the hearing was not done properly. You cannot appeal just because you're unhappy with the decision.

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