| Action for Children
The role of the fostering panel is to:
Recommend whether or not a person is suitable to act as a foster carer and the terms of approval therein. This recommendation is made within eight months of receipt of the prospective foster carer's application to be assessed;
Recommend whether or not a person is suitable to continue to act as a foster carer and whether or not the terms of approval remain appropriate;
Consider any case referred to it under Regulation 27 (approvals) or Regulation 28 (reviews and terminations of approval);
Give advice and make recommendation on any such matters or cases as the fostering service may refer to it and to monitor the range and type of foster carers available to the authority in comparison with the needs of children. The panel should inform the fostering service where it is deemed that the foster carer population is not adequate to meet the needs of children;
Monitor the quality of all reports referred to it and give advice/feedback/make recommendation to the fostering service provider as appropriate.