GROUNDS OF REFERRAL
The grounds which the children's reporter drafts is one of the most important documents in the hearing system. It will stay with the child throughout their childhood
When a child is referred to the Children’s Reporter and a Children’s Hearing is convened, the Grounds of Referral will be brought before that Hearing.
This document contains statements of fact which contain allegations made against either the child, family member or third party that directly impact upon the child.
You require proper advice and guidance regarding your position prior to the Grounds being put to you at a Children’s Hearing. Whether these Grounds are established has outreaching ramifications for the child throughout their childhood.