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Children's panel members

This is a group of unpaid trained volunteers who come from a wide range of backgrounds. There is a Panel for each local area. A Children’s Hearing is made up of three Panel members (which must include male and female). The Hearing decides whether compulsory measures of supervision are needed for the child and any associated conditions. All panel members are trained to communicate with children and their families. Members of the public aged between 18 to 60 can apply to become Panel members during the annual recruitment campaign in August.

Across Scotland there are over 2,000 Panel members. They are carefully prepared for their task through initial training programmes and they have opportunities during their period of service to develop their knowledge and skills and attend in-service training courses.

Six Months in the Life of a Panel Member

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