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About the Children's Panel

Children's Panel members make vital decisions about vulnerable children and young people who are in need of care or who have offended, at a children's hearing. Each hearing is a lay tribunal involving three members of the panel and must consist of at least one man and one woman.

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CASE STUDY - KIERAN

Kieran was 12 years old when he came to the attention of the Children's Hearings System for offending and having problems at school. At the root of Kieran's problems was the fact that his mother was abusive towards him. As a result, he was referred to the Children's Reporter on grounds of lack of parental care.

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Find out what it is like to be a Children’s Panel member

Getting involved won't just change a child's life, it'll change yours too. Read about the experiences of some of our Children's Panel members.

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2,500 PANEL MEMBERS
In 32
authorities across Scotland

Gain leadership skills,
make a difference
to young people

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