Papers

Statutory Background and Terms of Reference  [Published 4 October 2013] (also available in HTML on this blog; click here)

Meeting on 25 January 2013

Agenda for first meeting, 25 January 2013 [Published 4 October 2013]

Note of the first meeting, 25 January 2013 [Published 26 March 2014]

Meeting on 29 October 2013

Agenda for second meeting on 29 October 2013 [Published 26 March 2014]

Options paper from Scottish Government, October 2013 [Published 26 March 2014]

Note of the second meeting, 29 October 2013 [Published 11 June 2014]

At the meeting on 29 October 2013, the group agreed to set up a sub-group to look at the issues in greater detail.

Sub-Group Meeting on 20 March 2014

Agenda for the meeting of the sub-group on bar reporters, 20 March 2014 [Published 26 March 2014]

Paper by the Scottish Government with potential recommendations, presented at the meeting on 20 March 2014 [Published 26 March 2014]

Note of the sub-group meeting, 20 March 2014 [Published 3 July 2014]


NOTE: The paper presented at the sub-group meeting proposes: “There would not be any further meetings of this sub-committee.” It therefore appears that this exercise may have been done and dusted before the 26 March 2014 publication date of all the papers relating to the bulk of this Group’s activity as indicated above. I understand – unofficially – however, that there are to be further meetings of the sub-committee.

Item 4 in the note of the first meeting, on 12 January 2013 indicates the Group’s decision to publish the Group papers on the Scottish Government web site.


 

When the group started its work, it referred to “bar reporters”. It has since agreed to change the name to “child welfare reporter”.

 


Sub-Group Meeting on 2 July 2014

Agenda for the meeting of the sub-group on child welfare reporters, 2 July 2014 [Published 12 February 2015]

Papers (2 & 3) for the meeting of the sub-group on child welfare reporters, 2 July 2014 [Published 3 July 2014]

Paper 2 – potential changes to court rules

Paper 3 – guide to the child welfare report

 Sheriff Sheehan presented two draft papers:

Instructions to Child Welfare Reporters [Published 21 October 2014]

Child Welfare Reports – Sheriff’s Checklist [Published 21 October 2014]

Note of the sub-group meeting, 2 July 2014 [Published 10 February 2015]

[A subsequent (to the above 2 July 2014 meeting of the Bar Reporter’s Working Group) Scottish Government paper (4.3A Child Welfare Reporters) was considered by the Scottish Civil Justice Council’s Family Law Committtee at it’s 1 September 2014 meeting.]

Sub-Group Meeting on 21 October 2014

Agenda for the meeting of the sub-group on child welfare reporters, 21 October 2014 [Published 21 October 2014]

Paper for the meeting of the sub-group on child welfare reporters, 21 October 2014 [Published 21 October 2014]

Paper – Guide to the Child Welfare Report – second draft

Note of the sub-group meeting, 21 October 2014 [Published 10 February 2015]

[A Scottish Government paper (5.3A Child Welfare Reporters) was considered by the Scottish Civil Justice Council’s Family Law Committtee at it’s 27 October 2014 meeting.]

Sub-Group Meeting on 22 January 2015

Agenda for the meeting of the sub-group on child welfare reporters, 22 January 2015. [Published 17 February 2015]

Note of the sub-group meeting on 22 January 2015. [Published 14 April 2016]


On 21 October 2015, the Scottish Civil Justice Council published an article:

New Court Rules for Child Welfare Reporters

The Scottish Government published a circular outlining the work of the group to date:

Child welfare reporters – circular 1/2015 [Published 4 November 2015]

The Scottish Government has published two documents approved by the working group:

Guide to the child welfare report [Published 22 March 2016]

Instructions to child welfare reporters [Published 22 March 2016]

In September 2016, the Scottish Government wrote to the Lord President and Sheriffs Principal to:

  • outline the outcomes of the working group
  • invite them to consider a proposed scheme on the training which should be required to be a child welfare reporter
  • ask Sheriffs Principal to consider withdrawing any local guidance on child welfare reporters.

It has published the letters. [Published 20 September 2016]

The Scottish Government has received replies from the Lord President’s Private Office and from Sheriff Principal Turnbull (on behalf of all Sheriffs Principal).

It has published the letters[Published 27 January & 2 February 2017]

Regulation of child welfare reporters [Announced 12 May 2017]

On 12 May 2017 the Scottish Government announced that it: “… has published correspondence between the Government and the Lord President and Sheriffs Principal. The letters include discussion of a proposed scheme on the training which should be required to be a child welfare reporter. The Scottish Government will consider the regulation of child welfare reporters – including the requirements for training, qualifications, and experience – in the forthcoming review of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995.”


Later information may be available from the Scottish Government web site.