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Effective adoption panels


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What are the roles and responsibilities of adoption panel members? What laws and regulations determine the functioning of an adoption panel? How can panels improve their work to make better placements?

Effective adoption panels answers these and many other questions. It is the only guide designed to help panels make sound and effective recommendations.

It also contains comprehensive appendices covering useful supplementary information such as sample job and person specifications and sample review formats.

This edition reflects all recent changes in regulations, standards and guidance.


This new edition is fully revised and updated to take into account virtual panels, how best to integrate virtual panel work with the day-to-day work of the agency, developments in RAAs, developments in early permanence, and legislative and case law changes.

Who is this book for?

New and existing central list and panel members and all those who come into contact with the work of panels, particularly social workers, agency managers, committee members, adoptive parents and foster carers, and a wide range of other professionals.

What you will find in this book

The guide is organised into six chapters which focus on:

  • Establishing the panel
  • Agency policy and practice issues
  • Considering adoption for a child
  • Families offering placements
  • Matching children and families
  • Intercountry adoption

Appendices, including a glossary of useful terms, sample job descriptions, person specifications and review forms for panel members and panel Chairs, are all provided at the end of the guide and can be purchased as electronic downloads.


Jenifer Lord was a child placement consultant who worked for many years for BAAF. She is the author of Adopting a childThe adoption process in England and Effective fostering panels.

Deborah Cullen was the Legal Group Coordinator for the BAAF. She has authored several articles and books on childcare law.

Elaine Dibben revised this edition. Elaine was formerly CoramBAAF’s Adoption Consultant, has many years of experience on adoption and permanence panels, and also works as an independent trainer and consultant.

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The stated aims of Effective Adoption Panels is to provide ‘guidance on regulations, process and good practice in adoption and permanence panels in England’ and to ‘help panels make sound and effective recommendations’. It achieves these objectives admirably. In my opinion it is an essential ‘bible’.

Pete Bentley, Seen and Heard