Become a Volunteer Children’s Panel Member

The qualities you use every day are exactly what Scotland’s infants, children and young people look for in a Panel Member. Children’s Hearings Scotland is looking for people who care about making a difference in the lives of children attending hearings in Scotland. A Panel Member’s role is to listen and make legal decisions with and for infants, children and young people, and to ensure that the young person is at the heart of every decision taken.

There’s no one type of person or background that makes the ideal Children’s Panel Member. What is important is the qualities you can bring to the role such as being a good listener, caring, compassionate, and reliable. You will receive extensive training so that you are fully capable, and comfortable, making decisions at a hearing in the best interest of a child or young person.

Children’s Hearings Scotland is dedicated to recruiting a Children’s Panel that represents Scotland’s communities, and so to ensure a balanced panel they are looking for more applicants 18 – 30 years old, as well as more male Panel Members. If you are passionate about driving positive change in your local community, then this is a volunteering role for you!

The Eilean Siar Area Support Team will be holding an online Information Session, through Microsoft Teams, on Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 6.00pm for anyone who is interested in applying to join the Panel locally.  Anyone wishing to attend should send an email to and you will be sent the Teams link.

Find out more by visiting the Children's Hearing Scotland (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) website.