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Panel Chair - Dorset Council Fostering Panel (Dorchester)

Salary details: £550 - £550

Third Party
Occupational group
Health and Social Care - Children's
Salary details
FEES - £550.00 Per Panel, plus expenses
Job term
Part Time
Appointment type
John Heron
Contact email
Contact telephone
01305 224664
Closing Date
26 May 2021
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CLOSING DATE: 26th May 2021

FEES - £550.00 Per Panel, plus expenses

4 Panels Per Month

LOCATION – Dorchester (but currently being conducted virtually).



As Panel Chair, you will be required to take responsibility for chairing panel meetings, ensuring that all items of business are covered and that the panel operates in accordance with Fostering Regulations and Dorset’s policies and procedures. Keeping the experience of the Child at the centre of your discussions you will lead the independent scrutiny of Fostering Assessments and Reviews in order to make recommendations to the Agency Decision Maker in respect of carer’s suitability to foster and/or any changes to their approval.


You will have experience of the Fostering Sector either professionally or personally.  Ideally you will have experience as a panel chair/ vice chair, however this is not essential. We are specifically looking to recruit an individual to this key role who has experience and skills in chairing and participating in complex meetings where a wide variety of views maybe expressed.


As a great communicator you will support the development of the Fostering Service through strong links to the Panel Advisor, Fostering Management Team and the Agency Decision Maker. Good listening and communication skills are essential along with the ability to make an assessment based on the written and verbal information presented to the panel.


The expectation is that you will provide leadership to the panel by being well prepared, reading panel papers carefully identifying key issues and alerting the Panel Advisor if necessary to any concerns. The successful applicant also needs to be able to provide focus, manage time and create a safe space to consider complex issues and record clear decision making in the presence of panel members.


You will be committed to continuous development and learning and be able to promote best practice and assist in the recruitment appointment and appraisal of panel members as required.


For an informal discussion please contact John Heron, Fostering Transformation Consultant;

Telephone: 01305 224664  Email: john.heron@dorsetcc.gov.uk