Children’s Panel appeal

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An APPEAL for new recruits to join the Children Panel in the Western Isles is kicking off.

It is part of a nationwide campaign hoping to attract over 600 new volunteers, six from the Western Isles.

Locals are being encouraged to apply if they think they have what it takes to help a child out of a dark place.

There are currently around 2,500 panel volunteers in Scotland who regularly attend hearings to address the needs and behaviour of children and young people who face serious problems in their lives. These problems can include a child being abused, a child failing to attend school, the child’s parents having difficulty looking after them, or a child committing an offence.

Earnest Gardens, chair of the Western Isles Children’s Panel Advisory Committee said: “The Children’s Panel is an invaluable service which provides a hugely significant support network to young people who require it. I’d therefore encourage as many people as possible to come forward and get involved.”

No qualifications are needed and training will be given. To register your interest call 0845-601-2770 or text CHILD to 61611.