Implementation of The Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011
Date 21/11/2012
Speaker Sara Matheson (Partner, MTM Family Law LLP) + Bernadette Monaghan (National Convenor, Children's Hearings Scotland)
Seminar Details The Scottish Government is taking forward reforms to strengthen and modernise the Children’s Hearings System. These reforms focus on improving outcomes for children and young people by addressing their needs and promoting their rights. They aim to build on the vision and philosophy of the original Kilbrandon report and to ensure that children and young people are at the heart of the system.

In this seminar Bernadette Monaghan will focus on progress towards the establishment of the national Children’s Panel for Scotland and the introduction of Area Support Teams which will replace the existing Children’s Panel Advisory Committees and ensure that panel members are supported to a consistent high standard. She will also speak about the introduction of national standards and modernised training; new arrangements for the provision of legal advice to hearings, the development of the Feedback Loop to provide panel members with feedback about the outcomes of their decisions and the Enforcement Power to enable the panel to compel local authorities to implement a decision of the hearing.

The Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 created the role of National Convener of Children’s Hearings Scotland. Bernadette Monaghan was appointed as the first National Convener in April 2011 and assumes full responsibility for her functions from the summer of 2013.

Sara Matheson is a partner in MTM Family Law and is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in both family law and child law. She was also president of the Glasgow Bar Association 2008/9 and was appointed as Convenor of the Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland in 2008.
Seminar Time 5.45pm - 7.15pm (registration from 5.30pm)
Booking Fee £50 members; £75 non-members; £15 member trainees; £25 non-member trainees
Link to Booking Form

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