Agency decision makers

One-day workshop

Location: Leeds

Date: 27 Feb 2017


Voluntary Action Leeds (Doing Good Less), Stringer House, 34 Lupton Street , Hunslet, Leeds, LS10 2QW

Conference time: 10am - 4pm

Decision Makers in all fostering and adoption agencies have a vital but often under-explored role.  Many Decision Makers describe finding themselves in the role with little or no preparation, and with few arenas locally to share dilemmas or discuss best practice. What is the best process for reaching a sound decision?  How can you avoid it simply becoming a ‘rubber-stamping’ exercise?  What is your role in relation to the quality assurance of the Panel’s activities?  How should a Decision Maker appraise a Panel Chair?  What does a reasonable decision look like?  How should it be conveyed?

The new statutory guidance and standards for adoption and fostering services have a good deal to say about the agency decision maker role and the decision making process.  Based on the very latest guidance and research, this workshop will explore these issues and dilemmas and provide useful templates for self-audit and future decision making.


By the end of the day participants will have:

  • Developed a good working knowledge of the implications of some of the most recent judgements related to agency decision making
  • Reflected upon the process of decision making in the context of the fostering and adoption regulations
  • Considered ways to ensure that the basis of the decision making is sound, and how to ensure decisions are communicated effectively
  • Considered how to conduct appraisals of panel chairs
  • Reflected on quality assurance issues including quality of minutes


Contact details

Telephone: 0207 520 2041/43