Children's hearings make decisions about children who are in need of compulsory intervention. They do not do this in isolation but as part of a network of agencies working together to promote children's welfare. A thorough knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of people working within and alongside the children's hearings system will help panel members to make effective decisions.
Resource provision for children and families changes continually and it is important that panel members update their knowledge and understanding of children's services throughout their panel membership. This part of the manual provides a framework from which panel members can begin to develop awareness of resources within their own panel areas.
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