New research, commissioned by the Scottish Government and carried out by the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA), looks at home Compulsory Supervision Orders (CSOs) in the Hearings System. A CSO is a legal document which means that the local authority is responsible for looking after and helping a child – for instance, where a child must live or other conditions which must be followed. In 2018 there were 4,270 children at home under a CSO. The report looks at the perspectives of young people, parents, social workers, Children’s Panel Members and Children’s Reporters following 343 cases from date of issue of CSOs to up to two years later. It suggests that it may be time to re-consider how home CSOs are viewed within policy and guidance.

 

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