Dear Children's Hearings Scotland,

Please provide all the training materials for a new panel members joining.

How many members are indetified as LGBT? Do you have any policy or positive discrimination to attract the gay community to serve?

Yours faithfully,

John Brown

Children's Hearings Scotland

Dear Mr Brown,

Thank you for your email. You have requested the following information from CHS;

1. All training materials for a new panel member joining

2. The number of panel members identified as LGBT

3. Any policy or positive discrimination CHS has to attract the LGBT community to serve

In line with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, we will respond within 20 working days from receipt of your request and no later than 18th February 2020. In the meantime if you have any further questions please feel free to get in touch.

Kind regards,
Sophie-Elise Anker

Sophie-Elise Anker (she/her) | Information Governance Records Officer
Children's Hearings Scotland
3rd Floor, Thistle house, 91 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5HE
t: 0131 528 5502 e: [email address]  
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Dear John,


Thank you for submitting a request for information regarding training
materials and CHS policy relating to the LGBT community. This request has
been processed in line with the requirements of the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA). An application for information held by public
authorities under section 1 of FOISA requires that a public authority
release all information held subject to any applicable exemptions. Please
see our response below, made within the allotted timescales.




1. All training materials for a new panel member joining


Please find attached the overview of the training topics and content for
trainee training. This training is bespoke to CHS and is reviewed on an
annual basis to reflect changes within legislation, best practice and
emerging trends regarding the work of the hearing system. The trainee
programme is provided face-to-face and is a blended approach of endorsed
theoretical approaches and best practice & guidance in part developed from
our Practice and Procedure manual. To embed this learning and develop
skills, we utilise anonymised cases tailored to the subject matter and
these are used to develop practice within the Skills Development Training
Sessions. New panel members are expected to complete the Professional
Development Award for Children’s Hearings in Scotland: Panel members.
Information on this course, including assessment and qualification
structure are available on the SQA website at



2. The number of panel members identified as LGBT


To date we have not asked for our panel community to submit this
information, but we do collect it in our monitoring forms for prospective
volunteers applying to become Panel members. This information is available
for 2018 and 2019, and is completed only on a voluntary basis, so there is
a lower number of monitoring forms completed than applications.


2018 2019
Applications 1500 1419
Monitoring Forms 577 1165
Bisexual 2% 9 2% 29
Man 1% 7 3% 36
Woman 0.7% >5 1.4% 17
Heterosexual 4% 545 1041
Other 0 0.1% >5
Prefer Not to
Say 2% 12 3% 40



3. Any policy or positive discrimination CHS has to attract the LGBT
community to serve


Our current [2]Recruitment, Selection and Recommendation policy includes a
section on Equal Opportunities (Section 4), which makes reference to our
Equalities Scheme. The Equalities Scheme is available on our website and
at the following link:
[3] All
of our policies relating to Equality and Diversity can be found on our
website at this link
It is the aim of the National Convenor to target recruitment activity to
ensure there are sufficient numbers of panel members with appropriate
gender balance to fulfil the rota requirements across Scotland.


Your right to request a review


You have a right under FOISA to request a review of this decision. If you
wish to exercise this right, you must do so within forty working days
following the date of receipt of this decision. 


Your request for a review must be in writing and you must specify your
name and address for correspondence.  You must also identify the decision
that you wish to be reviewed. Should you wish to request a review, please
address your request to:


Depute Chief Executive

3rd Floor, Thistle House

91 Haymarket Terrace


EH12 5HE


Your review will be undertaken by an individual not involved in the
original decision making process.


Your right of appeal


If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of a review, you have a right
under the FOISA to appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner. If you
wish to do so, you must appeal to the Commissioner within six months
following the date of receipt of the review notice.


An appeal can be requested on the Scottish Information Commissioner’s
website at: [5]


Or alternatively, you can make your appeal request in writing to:


The Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St Andrews


KY16 9DS

Email: [6][email address]

Tel: 01334 464610


Kind regards,


[7]original Sophie-Elise Anker (she/her) | Information Governance Records Officer
signature Children's Hearings Scotland
3rd Floor, Thistle house, 91 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5HE

t: 0131 528 5502  e: [email address]  
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