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The Fostering Panel is looking for a new Chair.

Wrexham Council’s Social Care Service is seeking to engage a new Fostering Panel Chair and Vice Chair to support the council in delivering its effective foster care service.

The Council runs a number of panels each month, which can be variable subject to the number of assessments to be undertaken. This fee paid work can be undertaken from home as the panels are carried out on a virtual basis.

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The type of things our Chair or Vice Chair will carry out include:

  • Preparation for panel meetings, identifying key issues and alerting the panel adviser whether the case is adequate for submission to panel.
  • Chairing of panel meetings and ensuring it operates in line with the relevant Regulations and Guidance and the policies and procedures of the agency.
  • Facilitating the active participation of all panel members as to ensure full consideration takes place and providing clear and well evidenced recommendations, with clear and accurate minutes provided that also record any serious reservations
  • Working with the panel and the panel adviser to ensure that key decisions are reached, such as whether a case is adequate for submission to panel, deciding on the attendance of observers or the participation of a panel member who declares an interest of a case and whether an extra panel may be necessary.
  • Ensuring that senior managers are aware of issues of concern, in relation both to individual cases and to more general matters and safeguarding confidentiality of all panel discussions
  • To support the recruitment of new panel members, review with the panel adviser the performance of panel members and in any consideration about terminating the appointment of a panel member.
  • The preparation of an annual report on the panel’s work.

The Chair or Vice Chair will need to have an enhanced DBS check and have previous experience either personally or professionally of the placement of children with foster carers and the experience and skills to chair complex meetings to ensure full participation of panel members and collective decision making, in line with relevant legislation/ regulations governing children social care and fostering. This will require strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as appreciation of the impact on children and a commitment to keeping children within their own family or community where this is possible where this appears to be in the child’s best interest.

For further enquiries about these opportunities please contact:

The Council welcomes applications from suitably qualified candidates regardless of race, gender, disability, sexuality, religious belief or age.

The Council is committed to developing its bilingual workforce and delivery of services in Welsh and welcomes applications from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh.

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