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Timeline of our journey

Way back in 2015 some of our partners had the ‘cracking’ idea of creating a Board for children and young people to help improve the Children’s Hearings System.  Now that idea is fully hatched and is a reality!  Check out all the steps we waddled through to get to where we are today!


Partners start to explore developing a children and young people’s Board for the Children’s Hearings System.

Partners built links with the Cafcass Family Justice Young People’s Board in England and felt it was a good model that could work in Scotland.

A Steering Group was which included a wide number of key partners in the Hearings System.


‘Engagement Jams’ were held to enable young people to develop the vision and plans for a children young people’s Board.



Young people vote for the name
Our Hearings, Our Voice for the Board.


OHOV Project Lead begins in post.


Launched communications plan to engage with children, young people and partners.

Project Lead meets children, young people and key partners/Boards.

Research phase into models of practice and policies for OHOV.

Multi-agency Steering Group reconfigures to become short-life OHOV Operational Group.

Young Advisors join the OHOV journey

Young Advisors co-design the first recruitment campaign


The search for the first OHOV Board Members begins with our month long recruitment campaign.


Our Board Members meet in Glasgow for the first time!



Held our first series of Board Meetings

Designed and launched out OHOV Logo
(and got cool hoodies!)

Met the Minister for Children and Young People

Have begun working on identifying our
Priorities for Change

Submitted a response to the Scottish Government
on the Incorporation of the UNCRC into Scots Law.

Have spoken about OHOV at a range
of conferences and training events

Launched OHOV on Twitter

Met the First Minister as part of
the 1000 Voices Campaign

Held a ‘What is a Children’s Hearing’
exhibition and event at the Scottish Parliament


Presentation to Fife AST and delivered 3 x 90 minute ‘Hearing Children?’ workshops

Board Meeting –  Digital rights session and decided on priorities

Launched BAND Platform for Board Members Communications 

Virtual Hearings testing and feedback 


OHOV Zine Team co-designed and produced interactive Zine

Board Meeting – OHOV Bake Off on Teams


SCRA Returning to Face to Face Hearings Consultation

Launched ‘Our Voices’Zine

CHS Children’s Rights and Inclusion Strategy consultation

Back to the Future – 2 Years On!!! Where have we been, where, are we now and where are we going?

Scottish Government – Advocacy Provision consultation

Board Meeting – Festive Fun and Finish for the year.




A new team is in place with a new project lead and return from maternity leave of the project assistant

Project work continues virtually, focussing on how advocacy can help and the key qualities needed in Safeguarders

Face-to-face board meetings return, with 4 taking place across July to November. Included an overnight stay in Edinburgh with pizza and a ghost tour!

Work began to recruit more OHOV board members

Designed research into virtual hearings and time with family members

First anniversary of the launch of the Zine and 40 Calls to Action

Met key influencers and decision makers in the Hearings System:  Clare Haughey, Minister for Children and Young People, and Sheriff David Mackie, Chair of the Hearings System Working Group

Evaluation of OHOV’s approach published



Recruitment campaign for new OHOV board members

Interviews for a Participation Development Worker to support the work of the OHOV board

Board member’s thoughts on advocacy shared at a national advocacy webinar


Keeping up to date with OHOV

So, that’s our journey so far. To keep up to date with what’s next for OHOV, visit the latest news section of our website.

Our Hearings, Our Voice

An independent children and young people’s board for the Children’s Hearings System 

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