Children’s Hearing Panel Recruiting Panel Practice Advisors

The Eilean Siar Children’s Hearing Panel is recruiting Panel Practice Advisors to support children and young people through supporting panel members. The role is voluntary and would require 1-2 days per month.

Panel Practice Advisors (PPAs) play a critical role within Area Support Teams (those responsible for the delivery and administration of the Children's Hearings System at a local level across Scotland). PPAs are responsible for selecting and recommending panel members for appointment to the National Convener. They also regularly observe panel member practice within children's hearings and contribute to practice development within their local area.

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.

Angus Macleod, Area Convener of The Eilean Siar Area Support Team, said: “We are currently looking to recruit Panel Practice Advisors, and would like to hear from anyone who has good assessment, observation, interviewing and communication skills and is able to regularly give their time to the Children's Hearings System. Recruitment is a constant challenge for us but all those involved in the Panel are committed to making a real difference to the lives of young people and striving to help provide them with a better future.

“We hope to hear from anyone who would be interested in joining us in this important work. The only qualification requirement is that you have been a child.”

For more information visit the Panel Practice Advisors - Eilean Siar page. To apply, please contact Marina MacAulay at 

Deadline for applications is Friday 31st August 2018.