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Depute Area Convener - Edinburgh

Voluntary: All reasonable travel and out-of-pocket expenses reimbursed in line with CHS’ volunteer expenses policy
Approximately 2-6 days per month (equivalent)

Support children and young people through supporting panel members – become a Depute Area Convener.

The Children’s Hearings System is Scotland’s unique care and justice system for children and young people in need of care, protection and support.  The system is unique because it is unsalaried, lay tribunal members (panel members) who are the decision makers at children’s hearings.  Decisions are made after considering the needs, circumstances and best interests of the children and young people before them.

The Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 created Area Support Teams (ASTs) to support Children’s Panel members in their local area.  There are 22 ASTs across Scotland playing a critical role in the delivery and administration of the Children’s Panel.  ASTs act on behalf of the National Convener in recruiting, supporting and monitoring panel members locally.

The National Convener is now seeking to appoint a Depute Area Convener for the Edinburgh AST.

The Depute Area Convener (DAC), along with the Area Convener (AC), lead a team of volunteers and are supported by local authority clerking staff.  The role includes responsibilities such as chairing AST meetings, delegating a range of tasks and supporting volunteer AST and panel members.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to and understanding of the ethos, values and principles of the Children's Hearings System as well as an understanding of the role of panel members.

Please send completed application forms to Sam Ho by emailing samuel.ho@edinburgh.gov.uk.

CHS is striving towards equal opportunities in employment.