Contact Decisions in the Children's Hearings System

Porter, Robert (2017) Contact Decisions in the Children's Hearings System. CELCIS, Glasgow. (

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Contact, predominantly with parents, is widely understood to be of great importance in influencing the development of children and adolescents, yet there has been little research into the contact decisions made by Children’s Hearings. In 2015 the Scottish Children’s Reporter’s Administration (SCRA) noted that concern was raised by social workers in relation to permanence processes, where contact decisions were thought to introduce drift and delay into permanence journeys for children. In order to investigate the extent to which these concerns are well founded, the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) and SCRA entered a partnership to conduct research looking at the contact decisions in the Children’s Hearings System.