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Information for researchers

Where possible Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS) will support research which improves our understanding of  the children’s hearings system and/or the infants, children, young people and families who are involved in the children’s hearings system.

We receive requests from a wide variety of individuals and organisations with requests for information about children’s hearings. In the first instance we encourage researchers to consult existing information and research in relation to the children’s hearings system, which is published on our website and by the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA).


Research involving Panel Members

We can assist researchers to undertake research involving Panel Members and we can work with researchers to publicise proposed research studies to Panel Members both locally and nationally. However, the choice about whether to take part in any research project is for individual Panel Members. CHS cannot guarantee project participation.

When considering whether to support a particular research project CHS will look for:

  • The researcher to have the necessary expertise and support to carry out the proposed research;
  • The research to have received ethical approval from the relevant University or funding body;
  • Any expenses that Panel Members incur in taking part in the research project to be reimbursed;
  • An assurance that Panel Members will not be identified or quoted in any research reports, unless they have given explicit consent for this, and that Panel Members will be sent draft reports before publication, so that any errors or misrepresentations can be corrected;
  • The involvement of Panel Members will be given appropriate acknowledgement in any research reports or publications.


Contact us

If you are interested in conducting research with CHS and/or our Panel Members please contact with an outline of the proposed project.