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Annual Children’s Panel membership recruitment campaign launched with Liz Lochhead poem

2012 January 10
by Mary Munro

Trouble is not my middle name.
It is not what I am.
I was not born for this.
Trouble is not a place
though I am in it deeper than the deepest wood
and I’d get out of it (who wouldn’t?) if I could.

Hope is what I do not have in hell –
not without good help, now. Could you
listen, listen hard and well
to what I cannot say except by what I do?

And when you say I do it for badness
this much is true:
I do it for badness done to me before
any badness that I do to you.

Hard to unfankle this.
But you can help me. Loosen
all these knots and really listen.
I cannot plainly tell you this, but, if you care,
then – beyond all harm and hurt –
Real hope is there.

Liz Lochhead

Update

“Makar adds rhyming voice to Children’s Panel appeal” Scotsman
“Liz Lochhead unveils poem in support of Children’s Panel” STV
“Liz Lochhead writes poem for children’s panel drive” BBC

Following posted on 2.9.10

“Ingram in panel membership drive” Scotsman

19.9.05

“Children’s panels face shortage of men” Holyrood.com
“Kids can’t learn to behave without an example to follow” Daily Record: Joan Burnie column 19.9.05
“Men slow to come forward to sit on Children’s Panel” Evening News
Following posted on 16.9.05
“Male volunteer plea for hearings” BBC
“Children’s panels in volunteers plea” Evening Times

31.8.04

“Age limit scrapped as children’s panels seek new recruits” Herald
“Children’s panel age limit is scrapped” Times
“Age limits for panels scrapped” Daily Record
“Children’s panel age limit to be scrapped” Evening Times
“Panel recruitment” Aberdeen Independent
“Want to join the Children’s Panel?” Shetland News
“Recruiting is Panel’s goal: Aberdeen Football Club helped kick off the search for new recruits to the city’s Children’s Panel . . .”Aberdeen Independent

Press releases

“Children’s Panel recruitment” Scot.Gov. (September 2010)
“Record response to recruitment campaign” Scot. Exec. (Oct. 2006)
“Age limits for Children’s Panels scrapped” Scot. Exec. (Aug.2004)

See also

Children’s Panel Scotland

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