Could you help vulnerable kids?

Do you think you have what it takes to help vulnerable children and young people by becoming a member of the Children’s Panel?

A national search has begun to urge people to join the 2,500 volunteers across the country who make up the Panel.

Panel members play a crucial role in helping neglected, troubled and abused children and young people, attending hearings to address the needs and behaviour of those who face serious problems in their life. To ensure the system offers the best possible support, new volunteers from all backgrounds, particularly men, are needed every year.

Bernadette Monaghan, national convener, Children’s Hearings Scotland, said: “The Children’s Hearings System has the best interests of Scotland’s children and young people at heart. We’re appealing to those who want to help improve the lives of vulnerable children and young people to consider becoming a panel member.

“Having served on the Children’s Panel for nine years, I know from experience the valuable role volunteers play in helping children at risk out of dark places. It’s a unique role, and a unique system which ensures children in need or at risk are heard, respected, valued, cared for and, above all, protected.

“Being involved can be hugely rewarding. It won’t just change a child’s life, it’ll change yours too.”

The deadline for applications is Friday, September 27. Applicants need to be 18 or over, no qualifications are needed as full training is given.

For more information, call 0844 848 3407, text CHILD to 61611 or visit www.childrenspanelscotland.org