Moray volunteers sought in support of Children’s Panel

SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN in Moray is being sought through volunteers willing to serve as Panel Practice Advisors (PPAs) – playing a critical role in area support teams for the Children’s Hearings System.

The unique care and justice system for children and young people is asking those interested in becoming PPAs to lodge applications before the end of this month.

A spokesman said: “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.

“PPAs play a critical role within Area Support Teams who are 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 Highland and Moray Area Support Team is looking to recruit PPAs. Applicants should have good assessment, observation, interviewing and communication skills, and be able to regularly give your time to the Children’s Hearings System.

Successful applicants can expect reasonable travel and out of pocket expenses to be paid in line with the Children Panels Scotland volunteer expenses policy.

Information can be found online at the Children’s Hearings Scotland website.