Frequently Asked Question


I have concerns about the view my employer might take to time off for Children’s Panel duties – what is my position?


Under Section 50 of the Employments Rights Act 1996, Panel Members are entitled to have reasonable time off, taking account of local circumstances and their individual employers staffing needs. In reality, the vast majority of employers and Panel Members come to mutually suitable arrangements which works very well. Panel membership allows the development of valued skills such as communication, decision making, leadership and team working which are viewed very positively by many employers. Members of the Children's Panel are ineligible for jury service during their appointment.