Fit for the Future - Netta Maciver


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Netta Maciver, Principal Reporter, Scottish Children's Reporter Administration,

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 - Netta Maciver

  1. 1. Fit for the Future and for Purpose Netta Maciver Principal Reporter/Chief Executive Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration Date: 25 September 2008
  2. 2. Children’s Hearings System <ul><li>Care and justice system for children in Scotland. </li></ul><ul><li>Deals with care and protection of children as well as offending. </li></ul><ul><li>Key principles: </li></ul><ul><li>Child’s welfare should be paramount in all decisions. </li></ul><ul><li>Child’s views should be taken into account in decisions about them. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Historical Context <ul><li>Rapid rise of non-offence referrals to the Reporter (graph shows number of children) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Historical Context (cont’d) <ul><li>Recognition that not all of these referrals were necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Feeling that the CHS was becoming a gateway to service provision </li></ul><ul><li>Need to allow the Reporter to concentrate on those children requiring compulsory measures of supervision </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Children’s Hearings System Review <ul><li>Scottish Government Review in 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Found broad support for the principles and ethos of the CHS </li></ul><ul><li>Identified some challenges and scope for change and development of the system </li></ul>
  6. 6. Getting it Right for Every Child <ul><li>Getting it Right for Every Child established some key principles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Every child gets the help they need, when they need it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrated, co-ordinated approach across agencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Child at the centre of the system </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. GIRFEC & the Children’s Hearings System <ul><li>GIRFEC’s fundamental principles are aligned with those of the CHS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CHS is the means of providing compulsory intervention where necessary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Children should receive help on a voluntary basis wherever possible, without the need for referral to the Reporter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Child is always at the centre </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Workstreams <ul><li>Ministerial Task Group on non-offence referrals </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-referral screening initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Pathfinder projects </li></ul><ul><li>SCRA initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Single agency for the CHS </li></ul>
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. What changes are we seeing? <ul><li>Reduction in the rate of non-offence referrals </li></ul><ul><li>40,204 children in 2007/08 </li></ul><ul><li>However numbers of Hearings and Supervision Requirements are both up in 2007/08 </li></ul>Up 4.5% Up 1% 13,219 42,302 Supervision Requirements Hearings
  11. 11. What changes are we seeing? <ul><li>Child Protection Orders slightly down from 624 to 518 in 2007/08 </li></ul><ul><li>SCRA research into CPOs in Edinburgh </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30% newborn babies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Half on child protection register </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>52% had open referral or subject to SR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>87% of grounds were lack of parental care </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. So where are we? <ul><li>Reporters dealing with increasingly complex cases, but more of the right children </li></ul><ul><li>Change in the source of referral </li></ul><ul><li>Better working practices </li></ul>
  13. 13. Looking forward <ul><li>Focus on outcomes-the so what question? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For children who do not require compulsory measures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And for those who do </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More multi-agency planning and delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Clarity around interventions </li></ul><ul><li>A single body-an administrative change or one that is more aspirational that can answer the so what question? </li></ul>