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Children's Panel - Recruitment 2013


Since 15 April 1971, Children’s Hearings have been making decisions about children and young people under the age of 16 who are in need of care and protection or who commit offences.

About the Children’s Panel

The Children’s Panel is a group of unpaid trained volunteers, who come from all types of background and all walks of life.

Children's Panel Poster: Can you help before it's too late? (PDF, 280K)

All Panel Members are given extensive training before sitting on hearings. Panel Member training is of an exceptionally high standard and provides Panel Members with many skills which will also be of benefit to them outwith the hearing system.

Three Panel Members sit on each Children’s Hearing. With the help of reports from professionals, such as Social Workers, and discussions with the child and family the hearing considers what has caused the child to be at risk and what must be done to reduce or prevent that risk from recurring in the future.

Hearings are normally held during the day. Preparatory work in advance of each Hearing is vital and Panel Members must also attend ongoing training which is sometimes held on the mainland over a weekend.

Application for Membership of the Children’s Panel

The recruitment campaign for 2013 will be running from 9 September to 27 September 2013. During this time adverts will appear in both the local and national press, on national television and radio. The deadline for receipt of completed application forms is Friday 11 October 2013. Shortleeted candidates will then be invited to attend an interview at the beginning of November, following which the names of successful candidates will be forwarded to the National Convener.  Once a candidate’s appointment has been approved by the National Convener, they are sent an appointment letter and undertake their pre-service training.  On successful completion of the training and if there are no other concerns, candidates will take up their initial three year appointment. The National Convener may appoint panel members for a further three year term on recommendation from the local AST.

Contacts and Further Information

If you would like speak to somebody about joining the Western Isles Children’s Panel or would like to request an Information Pack please contact:



Clerk to the Eilean Siar Area Support Team
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Sandwick Road
Isle of Lewis

Phone: 01851 822613



visit the national recruitment website:


call the national recruitment hotline on 0844 848 3407



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