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More than 330 new Panel Members appointed

Children’s Hearings Scotland congratulates and welcomes into the hearings system more than 330 new Panel Members.

CHS National Convener Elliot Jackson formally appointed the new Panel Members for a three-year term, following completion of their pre-service training. They will begin sitting at children’s hearings in the coming weeks.

Legal decision-making

Children’s hearings are legal meetings set up because there are concerns about the wellbeing or care of an infant, child or young person. Their problems are addressed in a legal tribunal where Panel Members, recruited and trained by CHS, decide on the best outcome for the child involved. The role of a Panel Member is to listen and make legal decisions with and for infants, children and young people.

Three Panel Members take part in each children's hearing, which can be held in person or virtually. There are around 2,500 Panel Members serving on children’s hearings across Scotland.

Mr Jackson told the new Panel Members: 'The CHS community, which you are now part of, is committed to ensuring that our infants, children and young people feel loved, safe, respected and able to realise their full potential.'

Learning and development

Trainee Panel Members commit to comprehensive training, which normally takes place over three months. Five days of training are delivered in person or remotely, via the CHS Learning Academy, and the volunteer undertakes around eight hours of additional learning per week during the three months.

The pre-service training is the first stage towards a Professional Development Award verified by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.