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CHILDREN HAVE THEIR SAY ON NEW CARE LEAFLETS

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Children as young as 12 have played their part in producing a new series of leaflets on hearings and local authorit...
Children as young as 12 have played their part in producing a new series of leaflets on hearings and local authority care.

The leaflets are the first of their kind designed for children to read themselves.

They were produced by the Scottish Child Law Centre on behalf of the social

work services group of The Scottish Office. Launching the leaflets in Glasgow, Scottish children's minister Sam Galbraith, said: 'I was pleased that one of the key tasks in the production of the leaflets was to consult children about the kind of information they would like to see as well as the design. Their views have been particularly valuable.

'It is important that children in these situations should not feel fear or confusion and that they are offered reassurance. I hope that by reading the leaflets individual children will get a clear sense of how the system works and not feel they are in any way being singled out.

'In order to produce the information from a child's point of view, children currently being looked after were asked about the things which worried or confused them when they were first taken into care.

'The involvement of children in the preparation of the leaflets throughout the process is also a practical example of listening to the views of children which I consider to be extremely important.'

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1. The leaflets produced by the Scottish Child Law Centre cover three areas:

children being looked after by local authorities; children subject to child protection procedures; and children involved in the children's hearings system.

2. The children's hearings leaflets will be issued to children and parents by the Scottish Children's Reporter's Administration when a child is referred to a children's hearing. The other leaflets on child protection and being looked after by a local authority will be issued to local authorities and other relevant agencies throughout Scotland for distribution.

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