Children’s Hearings Scotland has issued an appeal for new Children’s Panel members in Angus.
They have been given a helping hand in their appeal from Angels’ Share actor Paul Brannigan.
Mr Brannigan, who went in front of a panel as a child, believes ordinary people who have compassion for the struggle vulnerable children face make the best panel members.
He said: “The panel gives children a voice and a chance to speak about what they want to happen to them, which is so important. That’s why people from all backgrounds are needed. If you can relate to a person, and can have a rapport with them, you can make a difference.”
To ensure the system offers the best possible support, 500 new volunteers from all backgrounds, particularly men, are needed across Scotland this year.
Boyd McAdam, National Convener and Chief Executive of Children’s Hearings Scotland, said: “We need people of different ages, from different backgrounds and a good mix of males and females to make sure children and young people who attend hearings are listened to by people with different experiences.
“Compassion and an ability to listen are key, and the comprehensive training we provide gives volunteers all the skills they need to deal with the complex and challenging cases they will face.”
Applicants need to be 18 or over and no qualifications are required. Deadline for applications is September 15. For more information, please visit www.childrenspanelscotland.org.