Independent Fostering Panel Vice Chair


  • £10000 - £20000 per annum
  • Posted: 09/10/2017
  • Lewisham
  • Job Ref: 0910174
  • 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 Vice 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.

The fostering panel provides an independent overview of foster carer assessments.  They also make reasoned decisions on their suitability to foster.

Applicants should have experience either professionally and/or personally in the placement of children within foster families or with children being cared for away from their birth family. You should also have a knowledge of Fostering policies, acts and regulations.

Good listening and communication skills are essential along with the ability to make an assessment based on the written and verbal information presented to the Panel. We are specifically looking to recruit individuals to this key role with experience and skills in chairing and participating in complex meetings where a wide variety of views may be expressed.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all employees to share this commitment and undertake appropriate checks. Successful applicants will be required to undertake relevant enhanced DBS checks. Induction and annual training will be provided as part of the professional development of our panel members.

We anticipate that panel will be once a month to begin with. This may however increase to two days or two evenings a month. Panel papers are dispatched to Panel Members two weeks prior to Panel. 

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Responsibilities Include:

- To prepare for Panel meetings, reading Panel papers carefully, identifying key issues and alerting the Panel adviser if necessary to ensure, as far as possible, that the case is adequate for submission to Panel.
- To facilitate the active participation of all panel members in contributing to the Panel’s consideration of cases and to the making of clear and well evidenced recommendations with the reasons for these.
- To ensure that all those attending Panel are treated with respect and courtesy
- To address diversity issues and to promote anti discriminatory practice at all times
- To ensure, with the Panel Adviser, that Directors are aware of issues of concern, in relation both to individual cases and to more general matters
- To ensure that clear and accurate minutes are written, which record any serious reservations that Panel members may have, and to be involved in checking draft minutes before they are sent to the Agency Decision Maker and to the next Panel meeting
- To liaise with the Panel Advisor for each panel, Agency Decision Maker and Senior Managers as necessary
- To actively contribute to Panel Members annual training
- To take part in annual appraisal of Panel Members
- Deputise in the fostering chair’s absence