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Fast Track Children's Hearings Pilot: Final Report of the Evaluation of the Pilot

Hill, Malcolm and Walker, Moira and Moodie, Kristina and Wallace, Brendan and Bannister, Jon and Khan, Furzana and McIvor, Gill and Kendrick, Andrew and , University of Strathclyde and , University of Glasgow and , University of Stirling and , Scottish Executive (Funder) (2005) Fast Track Children's Hearings Pilot: Final Report of the Evaluation of the Pilot. Guide or manual. Scottish Executive, Edinburgh.

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The Scottish Executive decided that a Fast Track approach to the children's hearings system would be introduced in early 2003 on a pilot basis in selected parts of Scotland. The aim was to improve practice and outcomes with respect to the ways that the hearings system and associated services dealt with young people who persistently offend. Particular objectives were to: • reduce the time taken both overall and at each stage of decision-making • promote more comprehensive assessments which include appraisals of offending risk • ensure that all young people who persistently offend and who require an appropriate programme have access to one • reduce re-offending rates as a result of the concerted efforts made in such cases.