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Panel advisors: Their role and responsibilities for fostering and permanency panels


Panel advisors have a complex role in managing the relationship between the agency and the panel, quality assuring and feeding back to all involved in panel work.

This open course will enable panel advisors to examine this role in detail and build on effective practice as they carry out their role and responsibilities including: quality assurance; inducting new panel members; contributing to the appraisals of panel members; feeding back issues to the agency and working with the agency decision maker. Case scenarios, group work and practice application will provide opportunities for panel advisors to address shared dilemmas and good practice.


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.


Team managers, social workers, advanced practitioners, lead consultants who are professional advisors to fostering and permanency panels.

This course is aimed at those who have been newly or recently appointed to the role and those professional advisors who would like a refresher course and the opportunity to share practice ideas.

20 places available.


By the end of the day participants will:

  • have considered their duties as panel advisors before, during and after panel meetings
  • have considered their role in relation to the children whose cases are being presented to the agency decision maker
  • have explored their role in relation to participation in reviews or appraisals of panel members
  • have considered opportunities for panel can exercise its quality assurance role


Mandeep Sahejpal, CoramBAAF Associate Trainer


Registration 9.45am*
Start   10.00am*  
Close    4.00pm*  

NB  *Times subject to change


Full or associate CoramBAAF member £105.00 + £21.00 VAT - Total £126.00

Individual CoramBAAF member £85.00 + £17.00 VAT - Total £102.00

Non-member £130.00 + £26.00 VAT - Total £156.00

Adopters/Fosters carers £85.00 + £17.00 VAT - Total £102.00

Student discount for all fees 20%


Telephone 020 7520 2043



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