Date lodged: 23 October 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to review the training of court reporters.
Answered by: Ash Denham 2 November 2018
I assume the member is referring to child welfare reporters, appointed by the courts to report on the welfare of the child in cases under section 11 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 on matters such as parental responsibilities and rights, contact and residence. The Scottish Government has recently consulted on a review of the 1995 Act: https://consult.gov.scot/family-law/children-scotland-act/ Paragraphs 2.54 to 2.75 discussed Child Welfare Reporters, including training, and question 4 asked about the best future arrangements for child welfare reporters. We are currently analysing the responses to the consultation, before deciding on next steps. Programme for Government 2018-19 confirmed that a Family Law Bill will be introduced in 2018-19: https://beta.gov.scot/programme-for-government/