The role of the National Convener
The National Convener is a public officer created by s1 of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (‘the 2011 Act’). The National Convener is responsible for the recruitment, training and support of the national Children’s Panel, which is the largest legal Tribunal in Scotland with approximately 2500 panel members appointed to it. The current National Convener is Boyd McAdam.
Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS) is a non-departmental public body established by the 2011 Act to support the National Convener to undertake his work. More information about the work of the National Convener and CHS can be found on the CHS website.
The National Standards for the Children’s Panel set out the core values, principles and expectations of everyone involved with the national Children’s Panel, this includes the National Convener, CHS staff, Area Support Team members and Panel Members.