The annual Panel Member recruitment campaign has been launched

The search is now on for 500 new Panel Members. Led by Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS), the campaign will run until 25 September.

This year’s recruitment campaign is focused on highlighting what it means to be a panel member in a bid to attract the right candidates – and Children’s Hearings Scotland appealed to those with compassion, empathy and the ability to listen to come forward.

Boyd McAdam, National Convener and Chief Executive of Children’s Hearings Scotland, said:

“Without the support and commitment of our volunteers, there wouldn’t be a Hearings System in Scotland.  The role is unique, and those who give their time are unswerving in their dedication to improve the lives of those children and young people who are vulnerable or troubled.

“This year, we want to be clear about the commitment involved in being a Panel Member in a bid to ensure people who apply understand what being a Panel Member involves.  We’re indebted to the many employers who give their employees time off to attend Children’s Hearings, and would encourage potential applicants to talk to their employer prior to applying.

“Although the commitment is considerable, it is equally rewarding, if not more so.  By giving your time, you can help make a real difference to the life of a child or young person facing an uncertain future.”

To find out more about becoming a Panel Member, or to apply online visit

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