Get Involved

Upcoming Engagement Opportunities

Those that want to learn more  

The Hearings System Working Group (HSWG) will be hosting an informational webinar open to all those who would like to learn more about the work of the Group. This webinar will explore the five headings of the Issues List and discuss the detailed areas that will prompt discussion around the redesign of The Children’s Hearings System.   

The webinar will be hosted by Sheriff David Mackie, Chair of the Hearings System Working Group, and in partnership with Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA), Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS), and The Promise Scotland.

Event Date: 10 May 2022 - 1:30-3:00pm.

Please click here to register for the webinar.

Those with lived experience of The Children’s Hearings System

Placing children and young people with experience of the Hearings System at the heart of redesign is fundamental to change.

The voice of those with experience of the Hearings System will be central to the creation of collaborative co-design proposals. The redesign proposals developed will be submitted to the HSWG by late 2022, feeding into the Group’s final proposals to be agreed by early spring 2023 in line with Change Programme ONE.

Chair, Sheriff David Mackie has already spent time with Our Hearings Our Voice and their 40 Calls to Action are part of this work. With the support of the Office of the Chief Designer (OCD), the HSWG will be hosting redesign sessions to ensure the voice of children and young people inputs directly into the Group’s final recommendations.

If you have personal experience of The Children’s Hearings System and would like to find out more about how you could participate, then please contact

Those with professional and volunteer responsibility

In addition to the critical role of Children’s Hearings Scotland volunteers (lay tribunal members and Area Support Teams) and children’s reporters, the Hearings System Working Group will continue to engage with all professionals who work in and around the Children’s Hearings System, including social workers, advocacy providers, lawyers, Safeguarders, and police. The HSWG will also engage with COSLA, Social Work Scotland, and Police Scotland. Making sure that all the professionals and volunteers who work in and around The Children’s Hearings System are part of this process is critical to ensuring that the redesign reflects all those who have responsibilities towards children and families. 

The HSWG has been working with professional organisations to design meaningful engagement opportunities. Relevant professionals who are interested in contributing are encouraged to contact their professional organisation for detail of how to participate in upcoming opportunities.

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with the Group, please email