Coronavirus – attending hearings of the CYCT between 25 March and 3 April 2020

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Following the direction to stay at home given last night by Deputies St Pier and Soulsby, we are making some further changes to ensure that we can protect the health and wellbeing of children, families and all of those involved in hearings of the Child Youth and Community Tribunal (CYCT).

All hearings that are taking place this week and next will be taking place remotely.  Children, young people, their families, CYCT 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.  

We are continuing to work on contingency measures for remote hearings and are exploring different technological solutions.  Until this work is complete we will be holding hearings by telephone conference call.  

We will do our best to ensure that hearings remain as inclusive and participative as we can in the current circumstances.  

If you are due to attend a hearing in the next two weeks and a member of our team has not been in touch with you to tell you that your hearing has been cancelled, please contact us as soon as possible on 213290 or via email at [email protected]

Urgent and time critical hearings such as those arranged for the annual review of a Care Requirement and hearings arranged to consider whether or not to make an Interim Care Requirement will still be going ahead.  CYCT members will make decisions that protect the legal position for each child and young person.

As most of our team will be working from home during this period, we will today be sending out notifications for all time critical hearings up until the end of May. As the future situation is uncertain, we will contact you directly by phone and/or email if we need to make any changes to the date or time of the hearing.

We have taken these measures to ensure that we protect the health and wellbeing of everyone involved in CYCT system and our wider islands community.