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Attending Hearings of the Child, Youth and Community Tribunal (CYCT) and Children’s Convenor Meetings from 22 March 2021

Now that we have moved to Stage 3 of exit from lockdown we have returned to holding face to face Hearings and Convenor Meetings at our office at Briarwood. Things will however look and feel a bit different for a while as we all do our bit to prevent the spread of infection in the Bailiwick. We have removed all toys, books and leaflets from the waiting rooms so you may wish to bring a book or magazine with you. We will ask you to sanitise your hands on arrival. We have plenty of sanitiser available in our reception area, Hearing room and waiting rooms. Depending on the number of people attending the Hearing or Convenor Meeting we may be wearing a face covering and we may ask you to wear a face covering too. We have disposable ones in case you forget to bring one. Although face coverings are not mandatory the wearing of face coverings in enclosed spaces is recommended by Public Health. We have made arrangements in our waiting rooms and Hearing room so that you can socially distance if you wish to. If you, or anyone coming with you, has a confirmed or a possible COVID-19 infection or have any of the COVID -19 symptoms you should not come to Briarwood. Please contact our office on 223290 or email [email protected] as soon as possible so that we can discuss with you alternative options for you to take part. As we know from the experience of the last year, the situation can change quickly and if we need to make any changes to the arrangements for your Hearing or Convenor Meeting, we will contact you directly by phone or email. For the latest information regarding COVID-19, visit the States of Guernsey website https://www.gov.gg/coronavirus

Joint statement regarding Hearings of the Child Youth and Community Tribunal (CYCT) in Stage 2 of recovery from Lockdown.

Stage 2 of Exit from Lockdown Since the Bailiwick re-entered lockdown in January 2021 we have been holding Hearings and Convenor Meetings remotely. In view of the limited space within our offices at Briarwood we have decided to continue with these arrangements during Stage 2. This means that our office at Briarwood will remain closed to the public for now. All of our staff however are still working and can be contacted by email at [email protected] or telephone on 223290. We are doing what we can to make Hearings and Convenor Meetings as inclusive as possible. If you are participating in a remote Hearing or Convenor Meeting, your rights are exactly the same as if you were attending in person. Please contact us when you receive the letter telling you the date and time of the Hearing or Convenor Meeting so that we can decide together how we best ensure you are able to take part. We would like to thank all of the children and young people who have taken part in Hearings during the lockdown. You have shown great resilience in adapting to the ever changing circumstances and new ways of doing things. Your views, wishes and feelings play a vital part in the decisions that we make. We will return to face to face hearings in Stage 3 or as soon as it is safe to do so.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE 2021

Joint Statement to Partners from the Convenor and President 25th January 2021 Following the change in circumstances announced on Saturday 23rd January 2021 by the Director of Public Health our Offices at Briarwood are now closed to the public and almost all our staff and Tribunal members are undertaking their roles from home. During this time we need to ensure that existing legal orders do not lapse and that we can continue to take action to protect children and young people where this is necessary. Children, young people, their families, Tribunal members and anyone else who would usually attend CYCT hearings should not come to Briarwood or travel to any other hearing venue. You should follow the States of Guernsey advice and stay at home. If you are due to attend a hearing within the next two weeks a member of our team will be in touch with you to make arrangements for you to attend remotely. We will provide further information on our website and Facebook page as soon as possible.

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Karen Brady, Children’s Convenor reflects on the news that the UNCRC has been extended to the Bailiwick. “This is a significant milestone in ensuring children’s rights are respected and protected in the Bailiwick. The UNCRC emphasises that, as well as having the same human rights as adults, children have special needs and vulnerabilities that we must recognise and protect. We are fortunate in the Bailiwick that some of these rights are embedded in our laws and in the welfare principles that underpin how we carry out our roles. The UNCRC however reminds us of our collective responsibility to promote and protect the full range of rights that children are entitled to expect and gives our young people a set of standards on which they can hold us to account. It is for all of us now to ensure that we are taking steps to respect children’s rights in all our decisions and actions and to ensure that the language of rights is reflected in our organisational vocabularies and policies.”

Course: Safeguarding Children. The role of the Children’s Convenor and Child Youth and Community Tribunal

This half-day course provides an understanding of the role of the Children’s Convenor and Child, Youth and Community Tribunal (CYCT), so that delegates will be better equipped to decide whether or not to refer a child to the Children’s Convenor and to explain to children and families involved in CYCT proceedings what is happening and what to expect.

CYCT Presentation evening

The CYCT is recruiting now. If  you think you could help children and young people in the Bailiwick, please visit one of our drop in sessions: Wednesday 30th September 5.30 & 6.15 pm at The Fermain Hotel, St Peter Port in…