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Monday
Nov262012

Bar Reports: changes in sight

Families Need Fathers Scotland has been invited to take part in a Scottish Government working group considering reform of the system of bar reports in child welfare hearings.

The group will meet over the next few months to consider the role of bar reporters, what training they require, how their work is monitored and how parties involved in a case can challenge the contents of a report.

This follows concerns raised about certain aspects of bar reporting in Scottish Government research and a recent report by Families Need Fathers Scotland.  It will also consider the role of curators and safeguarders, following comments in a recent Supreme Court decision about the lack of clarity on the role of a curator (paras 35-37).

A bar report can be a valuable independent contribution to the Child Welfare Hearing, but our report suggested that common standards and increased transparency would improve the system

The working group, which also includes representatives of various legal bodies, the Association of Directors of Social Work, the Children and Young People's Commissioner and Scottish Women's Aid, will give recommendations to Scottish Government and the Courts Service.