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OHOV welcomes new member of the team

OHOV welcomes new member of the team

We were excited to welcome a new member of the team last month. Amy Miskimmin-Logan is our new Participation Development Worker.  It is Amy’s third week and she has been getting to know board members and key partners.  She said: “I’m delighted to...

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Latest Board Meeting

Latest Board Meeting

Our 18th and latest board meeting was jam packed with lots of activities and another visit from Sheriff David Mackie. The sun was shining for our event in Glasgow on Saturday 26 March. It was a special day as we welcomed two new board members and...

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Redesign of the Children’s Hearings System

Redesign of the Children’s Hearings System

This Saturday OHOV will be holding its 18th board meeting and the focus is on redesign of the hearings system. We will be joined again by Sheriff David Mackie, who chairs the Hearings System Working Group (HSWG), set up to Keep the Promise in the...

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New Faces at Our Hearings, Our Voice

New Faces at Our Hearings, Our Voice

What an exciting week this is! For three years now, Our Hearings, Our Voice has been supercharged by the commitment, lived experience, altruism and brain power of the same hearings-experienced board members. What a job they have done, establishing...

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Looking ahead at Our Hearings, Our Voice

Looking ahead at Our Hearings, Our Voice

OHOV have had a busy start to 2022 and there is so much ahead. Since the turn of the year we have been involved in:  sharing the voices of our board members at a webinar on advocacy Feedback on OHOV input to advocacy webinar. recruiting a new chair...

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Feedback on OHOV input to advocacy webinar

Feedback on OHOV input to advocacy webinar

On 19 January the views of OHOV members on advocacy were shared with 178 people at  a Scottish Government webinar.  Several of the board member’s voices were recorded and used with characters to share what young people think about advocacy. You can...

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What Difference Can We Make Together?

What Difference Can We Make Together?

Last Saturday we held our 17th board meeting and invited the Chairs of two key boards involved in the Children’s Hearings System- Michelle at the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration and Garry at Children’s Hearings Scotland. We had three...

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Day in the life of a board member

Day in the life of a board member

Interested in joining Our Hearings, Our Voice, but not sure what it involves? We have created a short visual guide which might help you. The day in the life of a board member follows our recent board meeting in Glasgow where we were joined by two...

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Social media takeover!

Social media takeover!

We have joined the world of Tik Tok and Instagram! Our board members wanted to reach out to more young people. So we have launched or Our Hearings, Our Voice Tik Tok and Instagram accounts. Our board members are in charge of making the videos. We...

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Children’s Mental Health Week

Children’s Mental Health Week

This week we are supporting Children’s Mental Health Week (7-13 February 2022). This year's theme is Growing Together. That's something that has certainly happened to Our Hearings, Our Voice since we started. We are encouraging all our board...

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Key stakeholders support OHOV board member recruitment

Key stakeholders support OHOV board member recruitment

Some key individuals in the Children’s Hearings System have shown their support to Our Hearings, Our Voice campaign to recruit new board members. Minister for Children and Young People, Clare Haughey recently met the current board members, she...

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OHOV highlights the importance of advocacy

OHOV highlights the importance of advocacy

The voices of young people from Our Hearings, Our Voice were heard loud and clear at an event today to promote advocacy. A virtual event was held online to celebrate free advocacy provision being introduced in the Children’s Hearings System. As the...

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We are recruiting new Hearings-experienced Board Members

We are recruiting new Hearings-experienced Board Members

Today (Monday 17 January) we have launched our latest recruitment campaign for new Board Members. Now Our Hearings, Our Voice (OHOV) is three years old, we are ready for our next intake of Hearings-experienced children and young people. If you...

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OHOV in 2021: What A Year!

OHOV in 2021: What A Year!

It can be easy to feel that the last couple of years have been against us, but we feel we have achieved a lot at Our Hearings, Our Voice. Here are some of our highlights in 2021… A new team: By April we had some adults back in place. Sophie...

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New report on how we are doing

New report on how we are doing

A really important report has been published about Our Hearings, Our Voice (OHOV) today. The report looks at how we have been doing since we were set up just over three years ago. There’s a short version of the report for children and young people....

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Our Hearings, Our Voice Evaluation – Kirsty Deacon

Our Hearings, Our Voice Evaluation – Kirsty Deacon

I’m a researcher at the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) and I carried out an evaluation of Our Hearings, Our Voice (OHOV) between May and October this year. The full evaluation as well as a version for children and young people...

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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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