Step forward to help vulnerable children

 15 August 2017  |  

 Applications are open until Tuesday, 26 September.

Applications are open until Tuesday, 26 September.

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

The Children's Hearing System (CHS) is appealing for men and women to become members of the Children's Panel as part of its recruitment drive, which opens on Monday, 14 August.

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 in need of care and protection.

Those applying for the role do not need any specific qualifications but must be over 18 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 Julie Dettbarn, Chair of the South Ayrshire Intergration Joint Board said, "These important roles help to support vulnerable young people, who have been identified as needing dedicated help.

"While there should be no doubt that the role will be challenging, the potentially positive outcomes should make the decision an easy one to make.

"There is no single type of person we're looking and previous applicants have come from all different walks of life. So, if you decide to get involved, I'm sure you'll benefit from a rewarding experience , while helping to make a real difference to peoples lives."

Councillor John Sweeney, representative on the Ayrshire Area Support Team, said: "The people who make up the Children's Panel give up their time and efforts for the benefit of children and young people in need of care and support.

"Every year more people are needed to continue the good work of the Children's Panel. There will be many people who feel that they lack the experience or qualifications but that isn't the case.

"The only things that volunteers need is a commitment to make a big difference to the lives of children and young people in need of care and support, and be willing to devote time. Any training required is provided for this rewarding work."

Councillor Claire Leitch, East Ayrshire Depute Provost and Children's Champion added: "Panel members play an important role in shaping the lives of vulnerable children and young people in Ayrshire.

"The difference the Panel can make for a child's wellbeing, direction and long-term success in school, work and in life is vital.

"It can be a very rewarding and fulfilling experience for all concerned and I would urge those interested to get in touch and take that first, important step in helping to transform the life of a vulnerable young person in need of some extra support."

 Applications to join the Children's Panel are being accepted from Monday, 14 August, to Tuesday, 26 September.

If you would like to know more about the role, please come along to the information evening which will be held on Tuesday, 12 September, in Greenwood Conference Centre, Dreghorn, Irvine, from 7pm-9pm. 

Anyone interested in finding out more information can also call 01294 324155/ 324162 or alternatively visit the website.