Fife Council is urging local people to get involved in the Children’s Hearing System in Fife

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. It is unique because volunteer, unsalaried, panel members make the decisions at children’s hearings. Decisions are made after considering the needs, circumstances and best interests of the children and young people before them.
The search is now on for more volunteers to help support local children in Fife.

Fife Area Convener, Fiona Towns, commented: “The Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 created Area Support Teams (ASTs) to support Children’s Panel members in their local area. There are twenty-two ASTs across Scotland playing a critical role in the delivery and administration of the Children’s Panel. ASTs act on behalf of the National Convener in recruiting, supporting and monitoring panel members locally. The Area Convener (AC) and Depute Area Convener (DAC) lead a team of volunteers and are supported by local authority clerking staff.

“The National Convener is now looking to appoint Panel Practice Advisors (PPAs) for the Fife Area Support Team. PPAs play a critical role within the AST helping to select and recommend panel member appointments and re-appointments to the National Convener. PPAs also regularly observe panel member practice within children’s hearings. I hope that people will come forward and get involved in this important role.”

Applicants for this role should be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to and understanding of the ethos, values and principles of the Children’s Hearings System as well as an understanding of the role of panel members.

Further information on the position will be available in the application pack.

For an application pack for the Panel Practice Advisor role, please contact Elizabeth Mair ( or Avril Chapman ( – or call 01592 583125.

The deadline for the return of completed applications is Friday 24th July, 2015 – interviews will be held week commencing 3rd August.

More information about ASTs and the Children’s Hearings System can be found at


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