Appeal for volunteers for Children’s Panel

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Children’s Hearings Scotland is searching for volunteers from Angus to become new Children’s Panel Members to help fill 560 panel roles needed nationally in 2016.

The Children’s Panel improves outcomes for troubled or at risk children and young people who are in need of care or who have offended.

There are currently 2500 volunteer panel members across Scotland dedicating their time to attending children’s hearings. However, new recruits from a range of backgrounds are needed each year to ensure the system continues to offer the best possible support.

Children’s Hearings Scotland, the body responsible for the recruitment, training and support of panel members, urged those who have compassion, the ability to listen and an interest in the welfare of children and young people within their community to apply before the September 30 deadline.

Men in particular are being urged to come forward, to ensure hearings have the right representation as law requires both men and women to sit on each hearing.

Boyd McAdam, national convener and chief executive, Children’s Hearings Scotland, said: “We welcome applications from anyone who feels empathy towards the situations some children and young people in Scotland face. We provide the training to help you have the skills - what we need is your time, your commitment and your compassion. The training is rightly demanding, but is also rewarding. As I can testify, having undertaken it, it can be fun and sociable as well.”

An information evening will be held at 7pm on September 3, at Training Room, Angus House, Orchardbank Business Park, Forfar. Applicants need to be 18 or over. For more, visit www.childrenspanelscotland.org