Children’s Panel seeking volunteers

An APPEAL has been issued for volunteers, particularly men, to join the Children’s Panel for Aberdeenshire to help vulnerable children in the area achieve better outcomes in life.

Children’s Panels are independent lay tribunals which form part of the Children’s Hearings system in Scotland. The Children’s Panels are designed to be a relatively informal way of addressing all kinds of situations where a child or young person is in need of care and protection or if he/she has committed an offence. Historically the number of men taking part in the Children’s Panel system is low.

Panel chair George Whyte from Fraserburgh, who has served for around 14 years, added: “I really would encourage anyone with a genuine interest in helping children to consider applying.

“The excellent training and support we provide gives all our panel members the confidence to make decisions which they believe will improve children’s lives.

“Undoubtedly some cases are challenging, but that is part of being a Panel Member.

“If you have a genuine interest in improving the lives of children and want to be considered as a member of Aberdeenshire’s Children’s Panel, further information and an application pack is available.”

Inviting volunteers from all walks of life over the age of 18 to come forward, Chair of Aberdeenshire Children’s Panel’s Advisory Committee, Brian McCann, said that the main skill required was to be able to listen and be committed to helping young people and training is provided to new members.

Anyone interested in finding out more about joining the Children’s Panel can obtain further information and an application form from Fiona Tweedie or Niall David, Legal and Governance, Aberdeenshire Council, Woodhill House, Aberdeen, AB16 5GB.

Alternatively, call 01224 665147 / 01224 665107, or e-mail fiona.tweedie@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or niall.david@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Further information is also available by calling 0845 601 2770 or by visiting www.childrenspanelscotland.org