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Child Welfare Hearings: A Scoping Study of the Commissioning, Preparation and Use of Bar Reports

DescriptionScoping study to provide information on the commissioning, preparation and use of court reports in the Child Welfare Hearing System in the Sheriff Courts.
ISBN978 0755998999
Official Print Publication DateJanuary 2011
Website Publication DateJanuary 20, 2011

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Richard W Whitecross, Justice Analytical Services

ISBN 978 0 7559 9899 9 (Web only publication)
ISSN 2045 6964
DPPAS 11104

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This report is accompanied by a Research Findings

CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

GLOSSARY

1 INTRODUCTION
Background
Child Welfare Hearing Reports
Purpose

2 RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODOLOGY
Research Aims and Objectives
Ethical Considerations
Research Design
Interviews
Data Collection
Data Analysis
Limitations of the Study

3 CHILD WELFARE HEARING REPORTS -THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK
General
Commissioning
Preparation
Use

4 ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTS - AN OVERVIEW
The Views of Children and their Participation in (Private) Legal Proceedings
On the Commissioning, Preparation and Use of Child Welfare Hearing Reports

5 RESEARCH FINDINGS
Commissioning
Preparation
Use of the Reports
Conclusions

6 REFERENCES

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

This report is available on the Scottish Government Social Research website only
www.scotland.gov.uk/socialresearch.