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OHOV Participation Worker – we are hiring!

OHOV Participation Worker – we are hiring!

There is an exciting opportunity to join our team at Our Hearings, Our Voice. Do you want to empower children and young people to shape the future of the Children’s Hearings System? Are you a passionate and skilled individual who is willing to go...

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Sharing Power (and fun) with Adult Decision Makers

Sharing Power (and fun) with Adult Decision Makers

 We had a fantastic day at Dynamic Earth on Saturday, meeting with some of the adults who will influence change in the Hearings System. Sheriff David Mackie, Chair of the Hearings System Working Group, set up to keep the Promise, was due to join us...

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Partners show their support

Partners show their support

On the final day of our week-long Calls to Action anniversary celebrations, we are delighted to share some supportive messages from organisations in the Children’s Hearings System. Advocacy providers  OHOV played a key role in the development of...

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Keeping The Promise

Keeping The Promise

On the first anniversary of the launch of our 40 Calls to Action, we have received a fantastic show of support from a key figure in the Hearings System. Sheriff David Mackie, Chair of The Promise Scotland’s Hearings System Working Group said: “The...

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SCRA responds to Calls to Action

SCRA responds to Calls to Action

Last year when we published The Zine, one corporate parent described it as “breath taking.” Neil Hunter, Principal Reporter from the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) also said: “The Calls to Action from Our Hearings, Our Voice...

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Happy 1st Birthday to our 40 Calls to Action

Happy 1st Birthday to our 40 Calls to Action

The young board members at Our Hearings, Our Voice shared their 40 Calls to Action within our interactive online Zine one year ago on 19th October 2020. These came from two years of work by the young people and they organised the Calls around...

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OHOV Takes Part in COVID-19 Research

OHOV Takes Part in COVID-19 Research

Our Hearings, Our Voice recently met with Catherine Nixon, a researcher at the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA), to reflect on how COVID-19 has impacted young people. The Board Members provided some really interesting thoughts...

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OHOV come together – face to face!

OHOV come together – face to face!

Our Hearings, Our Voice came together face to face as a group for the first time since March 2020. Due to the pandemic, the board has been meeting virtually for the past 18 months. However, they were finally able to come together again on Saturday...

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Nice Weather for OHOV Ducks

Nice Weather for OHOV Ducks

Our Hearings, Our Voice is famous for our use of duck aliases to protect the young people’s identities, but the rain was so heavy we were nearly swimming with the ducks on Saturday.  We had our first mini board meeting in person for 16 months,...

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Our Hearings, Our Voice Evaluation Launched

Our Hearings, Our Voice Evaluation Launched

Now we have been up and running for two years, we are being evaluated. This is important so we know what we are doing well and what could be better. The Children’s Hearings Improvement Partnership (CHIP) has asked the Scottish Children’s Reporter...

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Connecting with Decision Makers

Connecting with Decision Makers

Our Hearings, Our Voice has three main functions -  To identify and recommend improvements across the Hearings System. To scrutinise and support the work of partners across the Children’s Hearings System. To hold the Children’s Hearings System to...

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Celebrating Care Experienced History Month

Celebrating Care Experienced History Month

Our Hearings, Our Voice is proud to support the first ever Care Experienced History Month. Throughout April, we will be keeping our young board members informed of all the amazing work going on around the country to make things better for Care...

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New team at OHOV

New team at OHOV

There’s a new face at Our Hearings, Our Voice and a familiar face has returned. Gordon Main has taken over as Project Lead on a 12 month secondment from Celcis. While Sophie Henderson has returned as Project Assistant after being on maternity...

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OHOV welcomes UNCRC incorporation

OHOV welcomes UNCRC incorporation

Here at Our Hearings, Our Voice we are celebrating today after the Scottish Parliament has passed the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill! Today is a historic one for children and young people’s rights in Scotland. This means the UN Convention on...

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Our journey – two years on!

Our journey – two years on!

On Saturday 14 November, Board Members met virtually to mark two years since they first all got together at the Lighthouse in Glasgow.  Our virtual meeting allowed Board Members to celebrate the last two years and to remember the achievements since...

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Zine goes online

Zine goes online

Our Hearings, Our Voice new Zine is now available online! Printed copies of the Zine have already been sent to key people involved in the Children’s Hearings System, including all Panel Members, Children’s Reporters and Safeguarders and CHIP...

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Board meeting meets bake off!

Board meeting meets bake off!

Our Hearings, Our Voice held its second virtual Board Meeting on Saturday 3 October. Two special guests joined the online event to get a sneak preview of the OHOV Zine. The Board Members have created and co-designed an interactive Zine which will...

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Face to face Hearings – OHOV consultation response

Face to face Hearings – OHOV consultation response

With lockdown restrictions easing, Our Hearings, Our Voice was asked to take part in a consultation to prepare for the reintroduction of face to face Hearings. SCRA (the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration) asked OHOV to get involved to...

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First for OHOV – virtual Board meeting

First for OHOV – virtual Board meeting

Our Hearings, Our Voice held its first ever Board meeting online! The Home Stay Hangout took place on Saturday 13 June, with Board Members, OHOV Advisors and some Corporate Parents all taking part. It was a packed afternoon but the main focus was...

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Wellbeing packs delivered to Board Members

Wellbeing packs delivered to Board Members

Our Hearings, Our Voice teamed up with the Resilience Learning Partnership to provide wellbeing packs for young Board Members during lockdown. The Clackmannanshire-based social enterprise initiative prepared packs for all the Board Members and they...

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Recruitment on hold

Recruitment on hold

Our Hearings, Our Voice will have a new member of the team hopefully very soon! We had advertised a vacancy for a new Project Development Worker (see our news item from 16 March) however, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, recruitment is on...

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First Board Meeting of 2020!

First Board Meeting of 2020!

On Saturday the 14 of March, the Board Members came together in Glasgow for their first Board Meeting of 2020. This time we had our very first digital live link for one of the Board Members who wasn’t able to attend in person. The last time we were...

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OHOV responds to Care Review

OHOV responds to Care Review

Our Hearings, Our Voice would like to say a huge thank you to every child, young person and adult who took the time to share their experiences to create such a powerful and detailed review of care experiences in Scotland. We are looking forward to...

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Welcome to our website

Welcome to our website

We are thrilled to share with you our new website for Our Hearings, Our Voice!  It contains everything you need to know about OHOV – who we are, what we do and how to get in touch with us.  You can also find out about our projects and latest news....

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Scottish Parliament exhibition

Scottish Parliament exhibition

Our Hearings, Our Voice is hosting a thought provoking exhibition in the Scottish Parliament this week. The exhibition, 'What is a Children's Hearing?, is being held in the Member’s Lobby in the Parliament building and runs from 18 to 22 November....

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First ever consultation response submitted

First ever consultation response submitted

Today we are pleased to have submitted a consultation response on behalf of Our Hearings, Our Voice Board Members on ‘Incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into domestic law in Scotland.’ Our Hearings, Our Voice...

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Requests for projects

Requests for projects

Our Hearings, Our Voice (OHOV) has issued a briefing sheet which explains the process for partners who would like to work with the young people.OHOV is an independent board for children and young people from across Scotland between the ages of...

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OHOV launches new logo

OHOV launches new logo

Our Hearings, Our Voice has recently launched its eye-catching logo.Young people from OHOV were excited to see the final version of their logo at their latest meeting last month.The young people had previously come up with ideas and designs for...

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