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The Children's Panel - life changing

Depute Area Convener - West Dunbartonshire

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 – Children’s Panel members - who are the decision makers at children's hearings. This is done by considering the needs, circumstances and best interests of the children and young people before them and making decisions accordingly.

The Children's Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 created Area Support Teams (ASTs) to support Children's Panel Members in their local area. There are twenty-two 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.

Each AST has one or more Depute Area Convener(s) to assist the Area Convener with the carrying out of their functions and to deputise for them as appropriate and required. The Depute Area Convener provides leadership and direction to the AST, ensuring that the AST fulfils its responsibilities to support Panel Members and carry out key responsibilities.

The West Dunbartonshire AST is now seeking to appoint a Depute Area Convener. 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. More information on this role is available in the Application Pack to the right of this page.

Please send completed application forms to Anne Munro by email at anne.munro@chs.gsi.gov.uk.             

If you would like to have an informal chat or need more information about the role, feel free to contact the Clerk to the Area Support Team, Scott Kelly at scott.kelly@west-dunbarton.gov.uk or by telephone on 01389 737220.

CHS is striving towards equal opportunities in employment.