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Children's hearings

Who decides that a child comes to a hearing?

The Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (SCRA) are the central officers within the Children's Hearings system who decide whether a child should come to a hearing. Children may come before a hearing because they:

  • have offended, have been neglected or abused and may need care or protection
  • are out of the control of their parents
  • have been absent from school without reasonable excuse
  • have misused drugs or alcohol
  • are in moral danger

How long do hearings take?

Most hearings are held during normal working hours. Panel Members are expected to undertake at least 2 hearings per month, which normally last about 3 hours.

Where and when are hearings held?

Hearings are held at Sovereign House, Academy Road, Irvine KA12 8RL at the following times:

  • Monday - 9.45am and 2pm
  • Tuesday - 9.45am, 1.30pm and 2pm
  • Wednesday - 9.45am and 2pm
  • Thursday - 9.45am and 2pm
  • Friday - 10.30am

Hearings on the Isle of Arran are as and when required.

More information

Children's hearings are not directly administered by the Health and Social Care Partnership. Our AST Clerk's Office provides support to the Children’s Panel and Area Support Team whilst the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration deals with all other matters. 

Contact Ayrshire Area Support Team




01294 324162 or 324155


Clerk's Office, Ayrshire Area Support Team, Democratic Services, North Ayrshire Council, Cunninghame House, Irvine, KA12 8EE

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