Childen’s Hearings, residential child care and professional education

Raymond Taylor, Malcolm Hill, Ian Milligan

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This article considers the relationship between the Scottish Children’s hearings system and residential childcare, with particular attention to issues of training and education. The paper summarises the key characteristics of Scotland’s Children’s Hearings system and highlights changes that have taken place following the introduction of the Children’s Hearing (Scotland) Act 2011. The paper also considers the relevance of the original Kilbrandon Report to residential childcare in Scotland and critically examines the changes that have taken place to the education and training of residential childcare workers since the report was published in 1964. The paper argues that recent developments in relation to the regulation of the residential child workforce in Scotland provides an opportunity to focus on the importance of attending to all aspects of children’s ‘upbringing’ through the application of approaches informed by social pedagogy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalScottish Journal of Residential Child Care
Issue number1
Early online date17 Apr 2015
Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2015


  • children’s hearings
  • education
  • residential care

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