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Panel Chair


We are looking for a Fostering Panel Chair to attend monthly Panel Meetings at our office in Suffolk, usually held once a month or whenever the panel requires.

The fostering panel provides independent oversight of the recruitment, assessment and review of foster carers and makes reasoned decisions on their suitability to foster.

Applicants should have experience professionally of the placement of children in adoptive or foster families or of children being cared for away from their birth family. Keeping the experience of the child at the centre of your discussions you will lead the independent scrutiny of Fostering Assessments and Reviews.

Good listening and communication skills are essential along with being well prepared, technology literate, be able to provide focus and have the ability to make an assessment based on the written and oral information presented to the panel in order to discuss and make decisions in a balanced and informed manner. You will have experience of the Fostering Sector, either professionally or personally and ideally have experience as a panel chair/vice-chair, however, this is not essential.  We are specifically looking to recruit a social work professional with experience in chairing and managing meetings.

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.

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Panel Chairperson

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