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Reform to children's hearing system delayed
The Scottish Government's plans to reform the children's hearing system have been delayed, following criticism of the proposals.
The Government has planned to introduce a new national body, the Scottish Children's Hearings Tribunal, but some current children's panel members have threatened to resign over the proposals.
Ministers said they would not be rushed into bringing the reforms before the Parliament. The Government published its draft Children's Hearings Bill in June, and now expects to put it before the Parliament early next year.