Frequently Asked Question

What does the Children’s Panel do?

The Children's Panel is the cornerstone of the welfare-based system of justice for both young offenders and children who have been offended against. The Panel considers a child's case as a whole, addressing his/her needs and deeds together. The Panel will consider the views of children, families, social workers, teachers and other specialists.

The Children's Panel can: discharge the case if the members of the Hearing agree that the child is not in need of compulsory measures of supervision; continue the Hearing for further information such as a social work or school report if a decision can not be made; make a supervision requirement lasting for up to one year if the Hearing agree that compulsory supervision is required.