Children's Panel Member

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Become a volunteer Children’s Panel Member - opportunities available all over Scotland, apply via the website

The qualities you use every day are exactly what Scotland’s infants, children and young people look for in a Panel Member. Children’s Hearings Scotland is looking for people who care about making a difference in the lives of children attending hearings in Scotland. A Panel Member’s role is to listen and make legal decisions with and for infants, children and young people, and to ensure that the young person is at the heart of every decision taken.

There’s no one type of person or background that makes the ideal Children’s Panel Member. What is important is the qualities you can bring to the role such as being a good listener, caring, compassionate, and reliable. You will receive extensive training so that you are fully capable, and comfortable, making decisions at a hearing in the best interest of a child or young person.

Children’s Hearings Scotland is dedicated to recruiting a Children’s Panel that represents Scotland’s communities. If you are passionate about driving positive change in your local community, then this is a volunteering role for you!

This years campaign opens on Wednesday 12th January 2022 the closing date for applications is Wednesday 9th February 2022.

To apply click on I WANT TO VOLUNTEER below and it will take you to the Children's Hearings Scotland website :

Organisation aims and objectives

Children's hearings Who decides that a child comes to a hearing? The Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (SCRA) are the central officers within the Children's Hearings system who decide whether a child should come to a hearing. Children may come before a hearing because they: have offended, have been neglected or abused and may need care or protection are out of the control of their parents have been absent from school without reasonable excuse have misused drugs or alcohol are in moral danger


Experience required: No special qualifications - only an interest in helping and an ability to listen to children.
Travel details: Panel members are expected to attend Childrens Hearings throughout their area but personal circumstances and availability are taken into account.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: We pay mileage rates, financial loss allowance where appropriate and childcare costs, usually on a monthly basis.
Training details: Previously this has been a full day every other Saturday for several weeks and you will be invited to ongoing training throughout the year. This will be confirmed once applications re-open.
Support: Childcare

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Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.