The Children's Panel

We exist to help protect the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children and young people in Scotland. The Children’s Panel is made up of around 2,500 specially trained volunteer Panel Members. We listen, discuss, and make important decisions about how best to protect each child in the future.

How we help

Last year, Panel Members made important legal decisions at over 34,000 children’s hearings protecting vulnerable children and young people across Scotland.

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What you'll gain

You’ll gain a range of skills including team work, leadership and decision making, along with a nationally recognised qualification.

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Who we're looking for

In a word – you. There’s no one type of person or background that makes the ideal volunteer Panel Member, you just need to care.

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Children's Hearings Held in 2017/18

32,553

Children's Hearings Held in 2017/18

hours volunteered every year

360,000

hours volunteered every year

Children and young people supported in 2017/18

14,076

Children and young people supported in 2017/18

Our Locations

To become a Panel Member you must live or work in that local authority area. The following areas are not recruiting this year: East Renfrewshire, Eilean Siar, Perth and Kinross. However, you are welcome to apply to another area provided you either live or work in that local authority area.

To apply and find out more, please select from the list below.

The deadline for applications is 24 September 2018 at midnight.

Regions Aberdeen City Aberdeenshire Angus Argyll and Bute Clackmannanshire Dumfries and Galloway Dundee East Ayrshire East Dunbartonshire East Renfrewshire East Lothian Edinburgh Eilean Siar Falkirk Fife Glasgow Highland Inverclyde Midlothian Moray North Ayrshire North Lanarkshire Orkney Perth and Kinross Renfrewshire Scottish Borders Shetland South Ayrshire South Lanarkshire Stirling West Dunbartonshire West Lothian Aberdeen CityAberdeenshireAngusArgyll and ButeClackmannanshireDumfries and GallowayDundeeEast AyrshireEast DunbartonshireEast RenfrewshireEast LothianEdinburghEilean SiarFalkirkFifeGlasgowHighlandInverclydeMidlothianMorayNorth AyrshireNorth LanarkshireOrkneyPerth and KinrossRenfrewshireScottish BordersShetlandSouth AyrshireSouth LanarkshireStirlingWest DunbartonshireWest Lothian