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What happens next - when abuse is reported

Children's hearings

Social work will often support you and your family without a children's hearing.

But sometimes, a referral is made to the Reporter to the Children’s Panel.  The reporter makes some inquiries. They might decide to bring your case to a Children’s Hearing.   At a children's hearing, a panel of three people will meet with you and decide if any legal orders such as a Supervision Order is needed to keep a you safe from harm.
You can find out more about this on the Young Person’s section of the Reporter’s website.