Area Support Teams Our Panel Members must be well supported because they are making life changing decisions for children and young people in Scotland. Alongside a National Team, there are 22 Area Support Teams (ASTs) across Scotland supporting Panel Members at a local level. These teams are made up of around 400 people - and they are all volunteers too! AST members give their time without question - here's what they do! What training do AST members receive? A number of training courses have been developed to support AST members in their roles, incluing: Recruitment and selection of Panel Members Observation and feedback Reappointment of Panel Members Complaints handling Join us AST members are vital - we couldn't do what we do without them. All AST members are apointed by the National Convener. You can find a list of current AST vacancies here.