Hearing service seeks volunteers to fill vacancies

Children’s Hearings Scotland has begun the search for new Children’s Panel members in Angus today by appealing to local people to come forward.

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.

Children’s Hearings Scotland launched the six-week recruitment campaign to find volunteers from a variety of backgrounds in Angus to help fill the 560 panel roles needed nationally in 2016.

The organisation is urging 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 30 September deadline.

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

Boyd McAdam, Children’s Hearings Scotland national convener and chief executive, said: “Serving on the national Children’s Panel is a big commitment, but we know from speaking with panel members that they get as much out of it as they put in. Although difficult at times, it can be hugely rewarding.”

An information evening will be held at 7pm on Thursday, September 3 in the training room at Angus House, Orchardbank Business Park in Forfar. Applicants should be 18 or over and the application deadline is September 30.