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Residents urged to help give children the best start in life

 30 July 2015  |  

Residents are being urged to do something extraordinary to help vulnerable children and young people from throughout Ayrshire enjoy a brighter future. 

This month, the Children's Hearing System's (CHS) campaign to encourage more people to become members of the Children's Panel, gets under way. 

The initiative is supported by North, South, and East Ayrshire Councils. 

Children's Panel members make vital decisions to help vulnerable children and young people who have offended or are in need of care and protection. 

Those applying for the role do not need any particular qualifications but must be over 18 years of age, and either live, or work, in the Ayrshire area.   

Regardless of their background, panel members should be independent thinkers, good listeners and communicators, have great negotiating skills, and the ability to keep a level head in difficult situations. 

All panel members will receive extensive support to help them make potentially life-changing decisions in the lives of a child or young person. 

Councillor Rita Miller, Health and Social Care Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "Being a member of the Children's Panel is hard work but it is very rewarding. As a member of the Children's Panel you will be supporting children and young people who need to be looked after and given support. If you would like to help make a real difference to the lives of young people then this could be the opportunity you have been waiting for, volunteering as a Children's Panel member could be the best decision you have ever made." 

This year's recruitment campaign runs from August 18 to September 25. 

Anyone interested in becoming a panel member should call 01294 324155/324162 or alternatively visit


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