Childen's Hearings, residential child care and professional education

Taylor, Raymond and Hill, Malcolm and Milligan, Ian (2015) Childen's Hearings, residential child care and professional education. Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care, 14 (1). ISSN 1478-1840

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This article considers the relationship between the Scottish Children's hearings system and residential childcare, with particular attention to issues of training and education. The paper summarises the key characteristics of Scotland's Children's Hearings system and highlights changes that have taken place following the introduction of the Children's Hearing (Scotland) Act 2011. The paper also considers the relevance of the original Kilbrandon Report to residential childcare in Scotland and critically examines the changes that have taken place to the education and training of residential childcare workers since the report was published in 1964. The paper argues that recent developments in relation to the regulation of the residential child workforce in Scotland provides an opportunity to focus on the importance of attending to all aspects of children's 'upbringing' through the application of approaches informed by social pedagogy.

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