Reporter to the Children's Panel

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A Reporter to the Children’s Panel decides if children (up to the age of 16) who need care and protection or are in trouble, should go to a Children's Hearing.

Children may be referred to the Panel by the police, the procurator fiscal, or by the Department of Social Work or Education, where for example, a child might be suffering abuse or neglect, or may have committed an offence.

The Work

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The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Salaries for Reporters to the Children’s Panel are sometimes on the local government pay scales. Starting pay is currently £40,284 rising to £44,034 a year with experience.


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Getting In

The Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) employs reporters to the Children’s Panel. There is one in each local authority.

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What Does it Take?

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Getting On

More Information

The Children’s Hearing system is unique to Scotland. It helps children and young people facing serious problems in their lives. They may need protection or have been in trouble with the police. Most children referred to the Panel are on care and protection grounds.

The SCRA has nine localities throughout Scotland. The nine localities are: Highlands and Islands; North Strathclyde; Glasgow; Grampian; South East; Tayside and Fife; Ayrshire; Central; and Lanarkshire/Dumfries and Galloway.

You can find more details about the job of Reporter in the recruitment section of the SCRA website in A Day in the Life of a Children's Reporter.


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (SCRA)
Tel: 0300 200 1555
Twitter: @ChildReporter

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