Depute Area Convener - West DunbartonshireVoluntary2-6 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 West Dunbartonshire 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 for the role 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. Further information on the position is available in the application pack. If you require anything else please contact the West Dunbartonshire Clerk, Scott Kelly, on 01389 737220 or e-mail Scott,Kelly@west-dunbarton.gov.uk. Completed applications should also be sent to Scott Kelly. More information about ASTs and the Children’s Hearings System can be found at www.chscotland.gov.uk Closing Date: 15 May 2019CHS is striving towards equal opportunities in employment.