The Convenor & Tribunal Board has today published the Annual Report of the President of the CYCT and the Children’s Convenor.
The report includes a foreword by the Chair of the Board, a summary of the highlights, developments and activities throughout 2017 and statistical information on the referral of children to the Convenor and CYCT.
The report highlights the following;
- There was a small increase in the number of referrals received by the Convenor in 2017. 66% of the children referred were aged 10 or over.
- The most common reason for referral of a child or young person to the CYCT was because of concerns for their care and protection.
- The number of new care requirements made in 2017 decreased as did the number of children and young people who were the subject of a care requirement at the end of 2017. 67% of the children and young people who were subject to a care requirement at the end of 2017 were aged 11 and over.
- In 95% of the cases where the care requirement was removed during 2017 the desired outcomes for the child or young person had been met or partially met.
One area highlighted in the report is the need for early intervention and earlier referral to the Convenor. Commenting on this the Chair of the Board highlights the importance of the first 1001 days of a child’s life. “If we can get things right in the first few years it has the power to make the difference of a lifetime”
During 2017 a major focus of the President was on the recruitment and development of CYCT members. Since the introduction of the CYCT in 2010 over 70 people have served the community in this important role. The Chair of the Board states “We are delighted that we continue to have a good response to our recruitment campaigns for volunteers which reflects the interest and support from the community to our unique system”.
Click here to view the full report in the Resources section of our website.