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!


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

  • Leadership
  • 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!


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.


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.


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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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