Independent Fostering Panel Chair

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Casual / Seasonal / Bank / Permanently Variable hours
Working Pattern:
Please see advert text
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 13/08/2020 22:59
Fee payable: £40 per hour
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Newcastle upon Tyne
Closing date:
13 Aug
Further Information

Newcastle City Council’s Foster a Future Fostering Service is looking to recruit an independent Panel Chair to chair weekly panel meetings.

Fostering panel meetings last around 4 hours and are held on Tuesday mornings.

They are usually held at our Allendale Road office; however, they are currently taking place virtually over Microsoft ‘Teams’.

The panel provides independent oversight of the recruitment, assessment and review of foster carer’s and connected persons and makes reasoned recommendations about their suitability to foster. The panel also considers and makes recommendations on long-term fostering matches.

Good listening and communication skills are essential to the role along with the ability to make balanced and informed recommendations based on the written and oral information presented to the panel. Applicants should have experience of chairing meetings and should have the ability to manage complex discussions in order to reach a consensus. Experience of fostering, the placement of children with wider families or friends or the needs of children being cared for away from their birth family is highly desirable.

Panel members, including the Chair will be expected to undergo a yearly appraisal and attend quarterly Panel Business Meetings and training sessions as required.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all employees to share this commitment and undertake appropriate checks.

If you are interested in applying for this role please send your CV through to Deborah Anderson or if you would like further information, contact Deborah Anderson at deborah.anderson@newcastle.gov.uk

Please note
This job is closed for applications.