Most Children's Hearings are taking place online at the moment. A limited number of Children's Hearings are taking place face to face, with strict social distancing measures in place. From 18th January face coverings must be worn (unless you are exempt)

If your hearing is happening face to face, some people might not be there in person and might join by video instead - this is called a 'blended hearing'. 

When you receive your invitation from the Reporter, you should receive information about whether you are to attend your hearing in person or virtually.

You can read the latest information from the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration here. SCRA's website has information and guidance on virtual Hearings here.

No matter how the hearing is going ahead, children and young people have the right to have a trusted adult, an advocacy worker or lawyer attend virtual Hearings to provide support.

Clan Childlaw can help - call 0808 129 0522, email [email protected], or reach us through Facebook messenger to speak to one of our lawyers.  

Changes to the law on Children's Hearings due to coronavirus: 


This is intended as a guide to the situation in January 2021 and not as an authoritative statement and interpretation of the law. If you have any questions or would like further information please call 0808 129 0522 or email [email protected]