Children's Panel Member

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Become a volunteer Children’s Panel Member

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 with the closing date for applications being Wednesday 9th February 2022.

Locally, an information session is being held virtually via Microsoft Teams on Thursday 27th January 2022 at 7pm. To register a place to attend please email

For full details of the role and the link to apply please visit:

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


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 Fife 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.