The decision to approve a foster carer’s application is a detailed responsibility. One we take very seriously. The fostering panel is an integral and essential part of our service. They make recommendations to the agency on the assessments of applicants and comprehensive reviews of foster carers. Panel membership includes a range of members from diverse backgrounds and will as far as possible reflect the local community.
Applicants must be able to contribute to all fostering panel functions including; making recommendations on the assessment and approval of foster carer applicants, foster carer reviews and terminations of approval and be able to demonstrate a thorough and robust approach to assessing written information. You must have had experience either professionally or personally or both of the placement of children in foster care. There will be some additional requirements for some Panel Members such as a social work qualification.
• Panel Members receive induction and training and will be appraised annually.
• Applicants will receive panel paperwork electronically so should have secure access to a laptop (or similar).
• Applicants must live within reasonable travelling distance of panel, expenses are provided for travel and payment for preparation and attendance at panel.
• All applicants will be required to undertake a DBS check as part of the interview process.
See below our current Panel Member vacancies:
FOSTERING PANEL MEMBERS – North Wales
Fostering Solutions is fully committed to providing high quality foster placements for children. The Fostering Solutions Fostering Panels are integral to this by ensuring that assessments of prospective foster carers are scrutinised thoroughly, comprehensive Foster Carer Reviews are undertaken and that high standards are being maintained across the agency, in line with the Panel’s monitoring role.
We require a Vice Chair to join our Fostering Panel in the North Wales region. This Panel is held at our Wrexham office approximately monthly.
Applicants need to hold a social work qualification and be significantly experienced in social care and Chairing complex meetings. You will need to have excellent communication skills and have an understanding of the functions of a Fostering Panel and fostering processes, including the legislative framework that underpins Panel work, the ability to work well with others and be available to read Panel documents electronically prior to Panel.
Panel members will only be recruited within reasonable travelling distance and preferably from within the local community; knowledge of the Welsh culture and where possible the Welsh language, would be particularly welcomed.
Induction training is provided for all Panel Members and further training is arranged at least annually. Candidates would need to commit to attendance at Panels as agreed with the Agency.
Expenses are provided for travel and payment for preparation and attendance at Panels.