Do you have good listening and communication skills and an appreciation of the effect on children of separation and loss?

If so we’d love to hear from you. We are looking for two new independent members for our Fostering Panel and we’re particularly looking for people who have experience of being fostered or have been a foster parent with another local authority.


“Personal and professional practice”

It’s a responsible and rewarding position for the right person as you will be making recommendations on each case by drawing on your personal and professional knowledge and experience.

It also looks at the Annual Reviews of all the county’s foster carers and to monitor policies, procedures and good professional practice.

It will meet once a month, may be more if additional meetings are need due to court timescales and you will be expected to attend at least 75% of all these meetings.

There is a small financial package on offer of £100 per year and travel expenses.

Interested? then get in touch by completing this form and send it to and

The closing date for applications is 8 June and interview dates will take place on 18 June.

“Very important role in the welfare of children”

Cllr Bill Baldwin, Lead Member for Children’s Services, said: “The Panel plays a very important role in the welfare of children and it is important that it is well represented. At the moment we are particularly looking for those with experience of being a Looked After Child, those from a different ethnic background, people with disabilities and men – all are under-represented on the Panel and we’d like to put this right. I’d encourage anyone who cares about children to strongly consider making an application and we look forward to hearing from you.”

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