Be a supportive employer

Be a supportive employer

The flexibility and support employers give to our volunteer Children’s Panel Members ensure that they can continue to make life-changing decisions that protect children and young people across Scotland.

Be a supportive employer

A growing number of employers are committed to giving employees time off to volunteer on the Children’s Panel.

We welcome this support!

THE BENEFITS

Many of the skills gained from being a Panel Member are transferable into the workplace:

  • Leadership skills
  • Team working
  • Effective communication
  • Influencing and negotiating
  • Analytical thinking
  • Decision making
  • Managing conflict

We think that supporting employees to train and volunteer for their local community makes good business sense – and we hope you agree!

But don't just take it from us, listen to care experienced children and young people tell you about the difference children's hearings can make:

TIME OFF

We know that giving employees time off to volunteer is a big commitment and a supportive partnership between Panel Members and employers is essential.

Children’s hearings normally take place during the day on a weekday and Panel Members usually sit on one or two half-day sessions per month. As Panel Members, our volunteers are entitled to reasonable time off work to carry out their duties (Section 50, Employment Rights Act 1996).  

EXPENSES

Panel Members can claim travel and other reasonable expenses back from us. A loss of earnings allowance, in accordance with Children’s Hearings Scotlands’ expenses policy, is also available if paid time off is not. This rarely fully compensates for employees’ actual loss of earnings, so many Panel Members hope for the full support of their employers in these circumstances.

HEAR FROM OTHER EMPLOYERS

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Apex Scotland

Apex Scotland is proud to support the work carried out by volunteers within the Children' s Hearings System.

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EDF Energy - Torness

Torness power station, as part of EDF Energy, is delighted to support the fantastic work carried out by our volunteers within the Children's Hearings System.

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Volunteer Scotland

Volunteer Scotland enjoyed the time spent engaging directly with CHS, learning more about volunteering for this great cause.

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Standard Life

Standard Life invited CHS in to our Lothian Road and Dundas House buildings to help raise awareness about the fantastic volunteering opportunities they provide.

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