Children's Panel Member

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CHS are recruiting for volunteers across Scotland to help support Scotlands most vulnerable infants, children and young people. We are looking for a diverse range of enthusiastic people aged 18 and over who can show empathy, compassion, trust and who have great listening skills.

Panel Members are volunteers from local communities who take part in children's hearings. Their role is to listen and make legal decisions with and for infants, children and young people who have been referred to the Children's Panel. Panel Members ensure that the young person is at the heart of every decision made "because every decision, no matter how big or small, has an impact on the life of the child or young person in the hearing".

CHS offer a certificated training programme with a highly experienced team to support your development, who will help you along your journey in becoming a panel member.

More details:

Organisation aims and objectives

Children's Hearings Scotland (CHS) is part of Scotland's unique Children's Hearing System which exists to ensure the safety and wellbeing of infants, children and young people in Scotland. We recruit, train and support volunteer Panel Members for Scotland's Children's Panel. Children’s Hearing Scotland’s vision is of a Children’s Hearings System where everyone works together, making sure that all children and young people are cared for and protected, and their views are heard, respected and valued. Children’s Hearing Scotland’s mission is to improve outcomes and experiences for children and young people in Scotland who may be at risk. We will do this by supporting the Children’s Panel, working with partners and using our influence to drive improvements across the Children’s Hearings System.










8 hours per Month. Minimum Commitment: 3 Year

Frequency and commitment details

8 hours per Month. Minimum Commitment: 3 Year


Experience required: No special qualifications - only an interest in helping and an ability to listen to children.
Travel details: Panels take place face to face at Albany House in Glenrothes and Virtually over Microsoft Teams
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: They reimburse mileage rates, financial loss allowance where appropriate and childcare costs, usually on a monthly basis.
Training details: Training will be delivered over 5 full days at fortnightly intervals, four face to face sessions and one virtual. There will be some self-led online work to be completed in between the facilitated sessions.
Support: Childcare,
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