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Scotland has its own unique care and justice system for children and young people. The Children’s Panel exists to ensure the safety and well-being of vulnerable children and young people. This happens through a decision-making lay tribunal, or panel, made up of ordinary citizens.
Vulnerable children and young people facing serious problems may be asked to attend a meeting called a children’s hearing. The Children’s Panel at that hearing can make decisions about the help and guidance required to support the child or young person. Those decisions are made in the best interests of the child or young person so they are properly helped and protected.
There is certainly the potential for stress and for those involved. Especially for children or parents facing a Children’s Panel for the first time.
Our role is to give everyone the confidence to overcome any difficulties and navigate the process with good advice, assistance and professional legal representation.
We can also help you assess your eligibility for legal aid.