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Fit for the Future - Netta Maciver

Fit for the Future - Netta Maciver



Netta Maciver, Principal Reporter, Scottish Children's Reporter Administration, http://www.scra.gov.uk. ...

Netta Maciver, Principal Reporter, Scottish Children's Reporter Administration, http://www.scra.gov.uk.

Session 5 - Changing Children's Services.

Getting It Right for Every Child: Childhood, Citizenship and Children's Services, Glasgow, 24-26 September 2008.




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    • Fit for the Future and for Purpose Netta Maciver Principal Reporter/Chief Executive Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration Date: 25 September 2008 www.scra.gov.uk
    • Children’s Hearings System
      • Care and justice system for children in Scotland.
      • Deals with care and protection of children as well as offending.
      • Key principles:
      • Child’s welfare should be paramount in all decisions.
      • Child’s views should be taken into account in decisions about them.
    • Historical Context
      • Rapid rise of non-offence referrals to the Reporter (graph shows number of children)
    • Historical Context (cont’d)
      • Recognition that not all of these referrals were necessary
      • Feeling that the CHS was becoming a gateway to service provision
      • Need to allow the Reporter to concentrate on those children requiring compulsory measures of supervision
    • The Children’s Hearings System Review
      • Scottish Government Review in 2004
      • Found broad support for the principles and ethos of the CHS
      • Identified some challenges and scope for change and development of the system
    • Getting it Right for Every Child
      • Getting it Right for Every Child established some key principles
        • Every child gets the help they need, when they need it
        • Integrated, co-ordinated approach across agencies
        • Child at the centre of the system
    • GIRFEC & the Children’s Hearings System
      • GIRFEC’s fundamental principles are aligned with those of the CHS
        • CHS is the means of providing compulsory intervention where necessary
        • Children should receive help on a voluntary basis wherever possible, without the need for referral to the Reporter
        • Child is always at the centre
    • Workstreams
      • Ministerial Task Group on non-offence referrals
      • Pre-referral screening initiatives
      • Pathfinder projects
      • SCRA initiatives
      • Single agency for the CHS
    • What’s the impact locally? ▼ 24% 161 213 Perth and Kinross ▼ 15% 1,393 1,633 Highland ▼ 21% 1,495 1,893 Falkirk ▼ 22% 3,401 4,346 Edinburgh ▼ 29% 502 711 Dundee Change 2007/08 2006/07 Local Authority
    • What changes are we seeing?
      • Reduction in the rate of non-offence referrals
      • 40,204 children in 2007/08
      • However numbers of Hearings and Supervision Requirements are both up in 2007/08
      Up 4.5% Up 1% 13,219 42,302 Supervision Requirements Hearings
    • What changes are we seeing?
      • Child Protection Orders slightly down from 624 to 518 in 2007/08
      • SCRA research into CPOs in Edinburgh
        • 30% newborn babies
        • Half on child protection register
        • 52% had open referral or subject to SR
        • 87% of grounds were lack of parental care
    • So where are we?
      • Reporters dealing with increasingly complex cases, but more of the right children
      • Change in the source of referral
      • Better working practices
    • Looking forward
      • Focus on outcomes-the so what question?
        • For children who do not require compulsory measures
        • And for those who do
      • More multi-agency planning and delivery
      • Clarity around interventions
      • A single body-an administrative change or one that is more aspirational that can answer the so what question?