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Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011

Section 31 – Sheriff: duty to consider appointing safeguarder

33.This section places a duty on the sheriff to actively consider whether to appoint a Safeguarder in relation to the child. It relates to court proceedings under parts 10 and 15 where a Safeguarder has not already been appointed in relation to those proceedings. A Safeguarder appointed under this section is to be treated as having been appointed by a Children’s Hearing under section 30.

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