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Entries in Child Welfare Reports (2)


Guide to Child Welfare Reports

The Scottish Government has published a guide for parents who are litigants in court cases in which a child welfare report is ordered (formerly called a bar report).

This is one of the changes arising from the working group that considered changes to the reporting system. The changes in court rules concerning these reports are noted in our article published when the changes were enacted in October 2015.

FNF Scotland welcomes the publication of this guide, and hopes that it will be brought to the attention of all parents when a child welfare report is ordered. Understanding how and why the report is prepared is an important part of the process. 

We have published a more detailed guide to child welfare reports, which stresses, amongst other things,  that you should focus on what will benefit your child when talking to the reporter, rather than complaining about the other parent.


New guide to Child Welfare Reports

FNF Scotland has just published a new guide to Child Welfare Reports.  This coincides with new court rules which introduce a range of changes to what were previously called Bar Reports.  The same lawyers (and some social workers) will undertake Child Welfare Reports in child contact cases, but there have been significant changes in procedures.

Sheriff and judges now have to specify within their interlocutors what they want the new Child Welfare Reporter to do. Reports have to be submitted no less than three working days before the court hearing at which they are to be considered. Printed guidance will be provided to reporters and to the parents who are subject to reports to explain their respective roles.  

Crucially, a new mandatory training programme will be developed covering specific topics which Child Welfare Reporters must be aware of.  The lawyers who carry out Child Welfare Reports will now have the chance to attend training which will cover a range of issues including parental alienation.

FNF Scotland welcomes these changes, although we are keen to hear from parents who may still have concerns with Child Welfare Reports in coming years and we will continue to suggest further changes to the way in which child contact disputes are resolved.