Can you 'be a force for good' and help vulnerable children?
Posted on 16 Aug 2018
People from across Ayrshire are being urged to do something extraordinary to help vulnerable children and young people enjoy a brighter future.
The Children's Hearing System (CHS) is appealing for men and women to become members of the Children’s Panel as part of its recruitment drive, which opens on Friday, 17 August.
The initiative is supported by North, South, and East Ayrshire Councils and this year’s recruitment campaign will encourage potential members to ‘Be a Force for Good’.
Children’s Panel members make vital decisions to help vulnerable children and young people in need of care and protection.
Those applying for the role do not need any specific qualifications but must be over 18 and either live, or work, in the Ayrshire area.
Regardless of their background, panel members should be independent thinkers, good listeners and communicators, have great negotiating skills, and the ability to keep a level head in difficult situations.
All panel members will receive extensive support to help them make potentially life-changing decisions in the lives of a child or young person.
Councillor John Sweeney, representative on the Ayrshire Area Support Team, said: “The people who make up the Children's Panel give up their time and efforts for the benefit of children and young people in need of care and support.
“Every year more people are needed to continue the good work of the Children’s Panel. There will be many people who feel that they lack the experience or qualifications but that isn’t the case.
“The only things that volunteers need is a commitment to make a big difference to the lives of children and young people in need of care and support, and be willing to devote time. Any training required is provided for this rewarding work.”
Councillor Claire Leitch, East Ayrshire Depute Provost and Children’s Champion, added: “Panel members play an important role in shaping the lives of vulnerable children and young people in Ayrshire.
“The difference the Panel can make for a child’s wellbeing, direction and long-term success in school, work and in life is vital.
“It can be a very rewarding and fulfilling experience for all concerned and I would urge those interested to get in touch and take that first, important step in helping to transform the life of a vulnerable young person in need of some extra support.”
Councillor William Grant, Portfolio Holder for Health and Social Care, said: “We’re looking for candidates to take on these challenging roles to help change the lives of vulnerable young people in need of support.
“Previous applicants have come from a wide-range of different backgrounds but they have shared the experience of making a real and lasting difference to communities across Ayrshire.
“Lack of experience in this type of role is not a barrier to getting involved and I’d urge anyone with an interest in the area to get in touch to find out more.”
Applications to join the Children’s Panel are being accepted from Friday, 17 August, to Monday, 24 September.
If you would like to know more about the role, please come along to the information evening which will be held on Tuesday, 11 September, in Greenwood Conference Centre, Dreghorn, Irvine, from 7pm-9pm.
Anyone interested in finding out more information can also call 01294 324155/ 324162 or alternatively visit www.childrenspanelscotland.org