SNP MSP Rob Gibson has urged adults in the Highlands and Islands to help improve the prospects for children who have been neglected or abused by getting involved in children's panels.
Mr Gibson was talking at the start of this year's campaign to recruit more children's panel members.
"The Children's Panel is an important institution in public life. It can make a real change on the lives for youngsters who have undergone a turbulent time in their lives.
"By listening to those that have been neglected, abused or have fallen foul of the law and ensuring support is in place early we can improve the future outlook for them, the locality and Scotland as a whole."
"Children's panels can help children realise their potential, however for them to continue there needs to be volunteers. No special qualifications are needed and people from all backgrounds will help deliver a balanced system to improve the life chances for young people in the region."
Note to Editor:
Ways to apply to join the panel:
Call: 0845 601 2770
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