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Fostering Panel Chair

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Contract Type:
Casual / Seasonal / Bank / Permanently Variable hours
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Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
26/09/2021 23:59
£450 is paid per Panel meeting
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
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an approved location
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Job details 

Closing date:
26 Sep

Further information


Vacancy Reference No: CYPS/21/400

Fostering Panel Chair

A fee of £450 is paid per Panel meeting.

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 Durham’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 and ideally 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 an able 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.

To discuss further please contact the Panel Advisor for an informal chat, Krissie Alpcakmak on the email krissie.alpcakmak@durham.gov.uk or on 07920 822902

Information on the duties and specification of the role is included in the attached document.

The successful candidate will require a Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure.

Interviews will be undertaken virtually via Microsoft Teams.

Please note this appointment is covered by IR35 arrangements.

Apply on-line or for further assistance contact Payroll & Employee Services via Email: PESCYPS@durham.gov.uk

In line with the County Council’s Recruitment & Selection Policy, please note that we are unable to accept CV’s. Any information provided on CV’s will not be considered for short-listing purposes.

Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered with North East Jobs, including your invite to interview if you are short-listed. Please check your email after the closing date for notification from ‘DONOTREPLY@NORTHEASTJOBS.ORG.UK’ as you will not be notified by any other means.

As a disability confident employer, we are committed to employing disabled people and people with health conditions making reasonable adjustments to support disabled applicants when required.

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