Local appeal for recruits

A new nationwide campaign to recruit Children’s Panel members is underway as a local appeal for potential new recruits in Angus commences.

The campaign aims to attract 600 new volunteers with 10 of these needed in Angus.

The month-long drive will seek to find the right type of individual to ensure the Children’s Panel system offers the best support to neglected, troubled and abused children across Scotland.

There are currently around 2,500 panel volunteers in Scotland who regularly attend hearins to address the needs and behaviour of children and young people who face serious problems in their lives. These problems can include a child being abused, failing to attend school, the child’s parents haviing difficulty looking after them, or a child committing an offence.

Brechiner Fiona Troughton has been a Children’s Panel member for almost nine years.

Fiona explains her decision to join the unique hearing system: “I heard about the Children’s Panel through a local primary school teacher who suggested that I should consider volunteering, I love the experience and I get so much out of it. I feel that I’m doing something practical to help young people.

“You can’t solve all of the problems that exist in society but you can deal effectively with a child’s problems.

“The panel is made up of kindly people who can draw out the best for a child and it’s rewarding to know that a young person will leave the hearing room after a decision has been made for the better. They might not like what has been decided but you know that you’ve done your best.”

No qualifications are needed as full training will be given to help prepare panel members for the difficult decisions they will face.

To register your interest in becoming a panel member, call 0845 601 2770 or text CHILD to 61611.

Further intormation on the Children’s Panel is available at www.childrenspanelscotland.org.