Hearings advocacy and the law

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The Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 has given Scottish Ministers the opportunity to make provision for children to access support and representation from advocacy services when attending a children’s hearing.

Your rights are protected under law by the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011.

Article 12 of the UNCRC says that children and young people have the human right to have opinions and for these opinions to matter. It says that the opinions of children and young people should be considered when people make decisions about things that involve them, it also says children and young people should be given the information they need to make good decisions.

Find out more about your rights and children’s hearings on the Children’s Reporter (SCRA) website.

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