JOB DESCRIPTION AND PERSON SPECIFICATION FOR FOSTERING PANEL MEMBERS
- To read the circulated papers carefully and to undertake preparation work prior to the meeting to ensure a thorough understanding of the case prior to panel
- To attend the meeting prepared to raise issues and to contribute to the panel discussion.
- To take responsibility for participating in the making of a recommendation, on each case, drawing on both personal and professional knowledge and experience.
- To be prepared to attend additional panels if possible, if requested.
- To participate, with other panel members, in advising on fostering policy and procedural matters as required.
- To address diversity issues and promote anti-discriminatory practice.
- To safeguard the confidentiality of all panel papers and panel discussions.
- To participate in panel induction and in panel training, which will be at least one day per year
- To participate constructively in the annual review of their panel membership.
- To declare an interest before discussion begins if the panel member has previous knowledge of the case to be presented to panel
- To inform the agency at once if they have been charged, cautioned or convicted for any criminal offence or if any criminal proceedings are pending.
PERSON SPECIFICATION / EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Experience, either professionally or personally or both, of the placement of children in adoptive and foster families or of children being cared for away from their birth family.
- A social work qualification is necessary for certain panel members.
- An appreciation of the effect of separation and loss on children.
- Some understanding of the purpose and function of the panel and of the agency which the panel is serving, or a willingness to learn.
- To have knowledge of Fostering, interest in childcare and be committed to promoting the best interests of children.
- Good listening and communication skills
- The ability to read, process and analyse large amounts of complex and sometimes distressing information.
- The ability to make an assessment and to form a view, based on the written and oral information presented to panel, and the confidence to articulate this at panel.
- The ability to use personal and/or professional knowledge and experience to contribute to discussion and decision-making in a balanced and informed manner.
- The ability to work co-operatively as part of a multi-disciplinary panel
- The ability to attend at least 75% of panel meetings, arriving on time, and having read the papers and prepared questions.
- The ability to recognise one’s own training needs and to attend at least one panel training day per year.
- To listen to, and to question workers and applicants who attend panel with respect and consideration for their views.
- To demonstrate an understanding of valuing diversity, and to avoid discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, religion, culture, sexuality or age.
- A valuing of diversity in relation to issues of ethnicity, religion, gender, disability and sexuality.
- An understanding of, and a commitment to, the need for confidentiality
- A willingness to increase knowledge and understanding of issues through reading, discussion and training
- A willingness to contribute constructively to the annual review of their panel membership and, as required, to that of other panel members and the Chair.
- To listen to other panel members with respect and consideration for their views.