Frequently Asked Question

Could my age or occupation prevent me from becoming a Children’s Panel member?

To ensure that children's needs are properly addressed, and families receive a fair Hearing free from any possible conflicts of interest, people professionally involved in the Children's Hearing System, or indirectly implementing Hearing decisions are in practice ineligible for Panel membership. Examples of people not eligible include Social Workers, Police Officers, City Wardens, Foster Carers and Residential Carers at children's establishments. Justices of the Peace are also deemed to have a conflict of interest. If you are aged over 18, you will be eligible to apply.