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Panel Members

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 Solutions is a Fostering Agency that is fully committed to providing high quality foster placements for children. We invest huge effort and energy in achieving high standards of care and in doing all we can to achieve positive outcomes for the children we look after. This includes thorough Form F assessments of applicants and comprehensive reviews of foster carers.

FOSTERING PANEL MEMBERS – North Wales

We require Panel Members to join our Fostering Solutions Panel Members List in the North Wales region. This Panel is held at our Wrexham office approximately monthly.

We currently require applicants who have knowledge and experience in the following areas:
• adults who have experience of being in foster care or are a son or daughter of a Foster Carer
• people with a health background who have experience in the health and well-being of Looked After Children
Applicants need to have good communication skills, 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 of Wrexham 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 is made for preparation and attendance at panel.
For more information please read our fees and terms guidelines.
To apply, download our application form and email to FS.Recruitment@fosteringsolutions.com. Closing date is 29th April 2016.

FOSTERING PANEL MEMBERS – Norwich

We require Panel Members to join our Fostering Solutions Norwich Panel Members Central List. Meetings are held at our Norwich office approximately monthly and we would welcome applications from people who live locally to the office, or within the Norfolk area.

We would welcome applications from people:
• who have been looked after by foster carers and have knowledge of fostering from that perspective.
• who are currently, or have recently been, Foster Carer
• who are a son or daughter of a Foster Carer
• who have a background in social work, health of looked after children
• who have experience of the education of looked after children
To apply, download our application form and email to FS.Recruitment@fosteringsolutions.com. Closing date is the 29th February 2016.

FOSTERING PANEL MEMBERS – Scotland

We require Panel Members to join our fostering panels in Scotland. The panels are held every two months in Glasgow or Edinburgh. We are keen to recruit people from a variety of backgrounds that have suitable knowledge to help our panels decide on issues relating to fostering.

We require applicants who have experience in at least one of the below categories;
• Have experience of being in foster care when they were children
• Are experienced (ie at least 5 years) foster carers with another agency
• Have a background in health and in particular with experience in the health and well-being of children and young people in foster care
Applicants need to have good communication skills, be competent with email, have the ability to work well with others and be available to read documents prior to panel meetings.
To apply, download our application form and email to FS.Recruitment@fosteringsolutions.com. Closing date is 29th April 2016.

FOSTERING PANEL MEMBERS – South

We require Panel Members to join our Fostering Solutions South Panel Members Central List. Meetings are held at our Otterbourne office approximately monthly and we would particularly welcome applications from people who live locally to the office.

We are seeking people:
• who have been looked after by foster carers and have knowledge of fostering from that perspective.
• who are currently, or have recently been, Foster Carers

To apply, download our application form and email to FS.Recruitment@fosteringsolutions.com. Closing date is 29th April 2016.