Children’s Panel Members are needed in Orkney

Conscientious and committed people are wanted to serve as Children's Panel members. There are two broad categories that a child or young person may be referred to a hearing; (i) Care and protection (where the welfare of the child or young person is causing concern), and (ii) offence (where they are believed to have committed an offence).

 Each hearing has 3 panel members and there must be a mix of men and women. The child must remain the main focus of the hearing. Before each hearing, panel members are sent reports and papers relating to the child or young person. Thorough preparation is required by reading the papers to ensure they are fully informed as to the circumstances and reasons why that child has been asked to a hearing.

 Panel members must decide whether compulsory measures of supervision are needed to help improve the lives of those children and young people and, if so, what they should be.

 All panel members must complete the national training programme.  Part of this consists of 7 national training days which will take place in Inverness or Aberdeen (expenses are covered).rt of this consists of 7 national training days which will take place in Inverness or Aberdeen (expenses are covered).

 If this is the sort of volunteering you would like to be involved in please contact Rob McGregor at VAO on 872 897 for more details.

 

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