Children 1st is contracted by the Scottish Government to manage the national Safeguarders Panel.

Our role includes recruitment and selection, training, managing appointments, complaints and monitoring performance of Safeguarders across Scotland. 

We work with the Scottish Government, Safeguarders and all those involved in the Children's Hearings System to ensure that a child's best interests are at the heart of any Children's Hearing or related court proceeding.

Advice for Safeguarders in relation to coronavirus

Our top priority during this difficult time remains the safety and wellbeing of Safeguarders, as well as children and families and partners. We are in continuing communication with the Scottish Government, SCRA and Children’s Hearings Scotland to maximise resilience, plan for contingencies and minimise risk.

We will continue to communicate with you and keep you updated as decisions are made and will be regularly updating our specific advice page.

As Children's Hearings go virtual we are offering additional support to families involved in Hearings through ParentLine.

Contacting the Safeguarders Panel Team          

Telephone number: 0345 604 4296 



Safeguarders Panel Team
Children 1st
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