Independent Fostering Panel Chair


  • Sessional Rates
  • Posted: 09/10/2017
  • Lewisham
  • Job Ref: 0910171
  • Temporary

Job Details

Overview: 

NRS Foster Care Recruitment are working in partnership with a new private fostering agency. We are looking to recruit an experienced Fostering Panel Chair. They anticipate that panel will be once a month to commence, however this may rise to two days or two evenings a month.  

Safeguarding Children is central to the work of the fostering agency and the role of the Panel Chair is significant in the sense that they are responsible for noticing any actual or potential safeguarding concerns, and must follow the companies policies and reporting procedures if they have any cause to be worried about a child’s well-being. 

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Responsibilities:
 

- Prepare for Panel meetings, ensuring that paperwork is of the standard required for submission to panel.  Alert the Panel Advisor of any queries or concerns regarding paperwork at least five working days prior to panel.
- It is the Panel Chair’s responsibility to ensure that panel meetings are conducted in a fair and inclusive manner, encouraging panel members to contribute during meetings and to facilitate discussions that enable panel members to speak openly in relation to panel paperwork presented to panel.
- The Panel Chair will ensure that Panel members consider only those matters that pertain to duties, functions and business of the Panel.
- The Panel Chair will ensure that the opinion of each Panel member is respected and valued by colleagues, and that the Panel Member’s work within an anti-discriminatory framework and that panel members respect the individuality of foster carers cultures.
- The Panel Chair must ensure that Panel’s recommendations and reasons for making them are clearly laid out in the minutes and that Panel minutes are accurate.
- The Panel Chair will undertake annual appraisal of panel members alongside the Panel Manager / Advisor.
- Work with the Panel Advisor to identify training needs for Panel Members and to participate in training days. 

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Person Specification:

- Knowledge and understanding of the Fostering process, legislation and guidance relating to fostering services.
- Skilled at chairing complex meetings.
- Excellent attention to detail.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Possess good organisational skills
- Have a flexible attitude towards colleagues and service users
- Enhanced DBS checks will be undertaken for this post 

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Qualifications and Experience: 

- Hold a relevant social work degree
- Registration with the HCPC
- Previous experience of working in the fostering or adoption field at a senior level 

Please contact us immediately if you meet the above criteria quoting the above job title and reference number.