Panel administrators: their role and responsibilities for fostering and permanency panels


The role of the panel administrator is a multidimensional one. Effective adoption and fostering panels are crucial to the delivery of a good adoption and fostering service, and the provision of services for looked after children. 

The efficient administration of panels, including the provision of clear and accurate minutes, is a skilled and complex task that is essential to the smooth and effective operation of panels.

This open course will enable adoption and fostering panel administrators to examine related legislation and share best practice though group discussion and practice application.


  • To consider the regulations and the national standards in relation to the work of adoption and fostering panels
  • To give administrators and minute takers a full understanding of the role of the panel and their part in it
  • To consider the work involved in the whole panel process including preparation and follow-up action
  • To appreciate the skills and knowledge needed in taking clear, accurate and helpful minutes


Sandra Russell, Associate Trainer, Coram BAAF

Sandra Russell has 30 years expertise in Fostering and Adoption as a social worker. She has been a Children’s Guardian and Reporting Officer in care and adoption cases and is an adoptive parent. She is an experienced manager who enjoys the training and development of staff and teams with particular skills in team building, motivation, change management and working with diversity. Sandra has taught social work and practice teaching as well as Counselling and psychotherapy to MA level. She has also been a Practice Teaching Award assessor for the Open University. She also undertakes face to face therapeutic work with individuals, couples, families and groups in private practice.


Administrators of adoption and fostering panels.

On open courses we can accommodate a maximum of four delegates from one organisation only. For a larger group booking, please see the information on commissioned training.


Effective fostering panels

Effective fostering panels

Sarah Borthwick and Jenifer Lord

What are the roles and responsibilities of fostering panel members? What regulations and standards determine the functioning of a fostering panel? How can panels implement best practice to improve their work and make better placements? Effective fostering panels answers these and many other questions.


Effective adoption panels

Effective adoption panels

Jenifer Lord, Deborah Cullen

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.


Registration 9.45 am
Start 10.00 am*
Close 4.00 pm*

*Times subject to change


Full or associate CoramBAAF member - £125.00 + £25.00 VAT = £150.00 Individual CoramBAAF member - £105. + £21.00 VAT = £126.00 Non-member -  £155.00 + £31.00 VAT = £186.00. 


Telephone 020 7520 0310



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