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Job Title: Fostering Panel Chair/Vice Chair
Entity: Fusion Fostering
Hours: Sessional
Reports to: Regional Manager
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Click here to download the Foster Panel Member Job Description PDF (details below)

Key Responsibilities:

  • To adhere to relevant legislation. regulation and company policies and procedures to work consistently with Fusion’s core values and deliver best practice standards of work.
  • To maintain a child-centered approach, fundamental to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of every child. To keep the child in focus when making decisions about their lives and working in partnership with them and their families.
  • To chair Panel meetings, ensuring that all items of business are covered and that the Panel operates in accordance with regulations and the policies and procedures of the agency.
  • To prepare for Panel meetings, reading Panel papers carefully, identifying key issues and alerting the Panel Advisor if necessary, to ensure as far as possible, that the case is adequate for submission to Panel.
  • To facilitate the active participation of all Panel Members in contributing to the Panels consideration of cases and to the marking of clear and well evidenced recommendations with the reasons for these.
  • To ensure that all those attending Panel are treated with respect and courtesy.
  • To address diversity issues and to always promote anti discriminatory practice.
  • To ensure that the clear and accurate minutes are written, which record any serious reservations which Panel Members may have and to be involved in checking draft minutes before they are sent to the Agency Decision Maker and to the next Panel meeting.
  • To liaise with the Agency Decision Maker and other Directors as required.
  • To ensure, with the Panel Advisor, that Directors are aware of issues of concern in relation to both individual cases and to more general matters.
  • To be involved in the recruitment and appointment of new Panel Members and in any consideration about terminating the appointment of a Panel Member.
  • To review the annual performance of Panel Members or as the need arises.
  • To assist with developing, promoting and monitoring policies and procedures and high standards of work in fostering services in the agency.
  • To assist in planning training for Panel Members and to participate in this at least one day per year.
  • To take responsibility for own professional development, maintaining essential qualifications, regularly updating knowledge, and undertaking all training opportunities provided by Fusion Fostering Limited.
  • To be responsible for the implementation of the Health & Safety Policy as far as it affects them, colleagues and others who may be affected by their work. The post holder is also expected to monitor the effectiveness of the Health & Safety arrangements and systems to ensure appropriate improvements are made where necessary.
  • Since confidential information is involved with the duties of this post the post holder will be required to always exercise discretion and to observe relevant codes of practice and legislation in relation to data protection and personal information.

 

Skills/Qualifications/Experience (Essential/Desirable):
  • Experience, either professional or personally or both placement of children in foster families and of children cared for away from their birth family.
  • Suitable qualifications to undertake the role of the Chair.
  • An appreciation of the effect of separation and loss of children.
  • An understanding of the purpose and function of the Panel and of the agency which the Panel is serving.
  • An understanding of the fostering process and practice and of the legislative framework for the work of the Panel or the capacity to develop this knowledge quickly.
  • The authority and competence to chair a Panel, ensuring that the business is covered and that the Panel operates in accordance with regulations and the policies and procedures of the agency.
  • Excellent interpersonal and listening skills. The ability to communicate well and clearly both verbally and in writing.
  • The ability to process and analyse large amounts of complex and sometimes distressing information.
  • The ability to identify key issues and possible solutions and to communicate these clearly.
  • The ability to facilitate the active participation of all Panel Members in contributing to the Panel’s consideration of cases and recommendations.
  • The ability to ensure that those attending Panel are communicated with respectfully while also ensuring that Panel Members can explore any concerns that they may have openly and honestly.
  • The ability to manage the expression of strongly held but possibly conflicting views by Panel Members are to help the Panel to reach a recommendation which takes account of all these views.
  • To ability to take up issues as required with the agency, liaising with the Agency Decision Maker and other Senior Managers.
  • Working with the Panel Advisor, to review each Panel Members performance when required and at least annually, ensuring that this is a helpful and constructive process for both the Panel Member and the Panel as a whole.
  • A commitment to keeping children within their own family or community where this is possible and to maintaining contract between children living in foster families and their birth families where this appears to be in the child’s best interest.
  • A commitment to fostering as a way of meeting a child’s needs where this appears to be in the child’s best interests.
  • A commitment to safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare in foster care.
  • A valuing of diversity in relation to issues of ethnicity, religion, gender, disability and sexuality.
  • An understanding of, and commitment to the need for confidentiality.
  • A willingness to increase knowledge and understanding of issues through reading, discussion and training.
  • A willingness to contribute constructively to the annual review of their role as Panel Chair.

 

Job Title: Fostering Panel Member
Entity: Fusion Fostering
Hours: Sessional
Reports to: Regional Manager
Key Responsibilities:
  • To adhere to relevant legislation, regulation and company policies and procedures to work consistently with Fusion’s core values and deliver best practice standards of work.
  • To maintain a child-centered approach, fundamental to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of every child. To keep the child in focus when making decisions about their lives and working in partnership with them and their families.
  • To read the circulated papers carefully before the meeting and to attend the meeting prepared to raise issues and to contribute to the Panel discussion.
  • To take responsibility for participating in the making of a recommendation, on each case, drawing on both personal and professional knowledge and experience.
  • To attend meetings of the Panel as specified in your agreement with the agency.
  • To be prepared to attend additional Panels if possible, if requested.
  • To participate, with other members, in advising on policy and procedural matters as required.
  • To address diversity issues and promote anti-discriminatory practice.
  • To safeguard the confidentiality of all Panel papers and Panel discussions.
  • To participate in induction and in training which will be at least one day per year.
  • To participate constructively in the annual review of your central list Panel membership.
  • To declare to the Fostering Panel Chair, any personal interest or knowledge in relation to any specific case as soon as it is identified.
  • To take responsibility for own professional development, maintaining essential qualifications, regularly updating knowledge, and undertaking all training opportunities provided by Fusion Fostering Limited.
  • To be responsible for the implementation of the Health & Safety Policy as far as it affects them, colleagues and others who may be affected by their work. The post holder is also expected to monitor the effectiveness of the Health & Safety arrangements and systems to ensure appropriate improvements are made where necessary.
  • Since confidential information is involved with the duties of this post the post holder will be required to always exercise discretion and to observe relevant codes of practice and legislation in relation to data protection and personal information.
Skills/Qualifications/Experience (Essential/Desirable):
  • Experience, either professionally or personally or both, of the placement of children in foster families or of children being cared for away from their birth family.
  • A social work qualification will be necessary for certain Panel Members.
  • An understanding of the impact of interrupted development on children who can no longer be cared for within their own families and of the effects of separation, broken attachments and loss, and the implication of this for foster carers.
  • An appreciation of the effect of separation and loss on children.
  • Awareness of the richness of different kinds of families and their potential for meeting children’s needs.
  • Some understanding of the purpose and function of the Panel and of the agency which the Panel is serving, or a willingness to learn.
  • Good listening and communication skills.
  • The ability to read, process and analyse large amounts of complex and sometimes distressing information.
  • The ability to make an assessment and to form a view, based on the written and verbal information presented to Panel and the confidence to articulate this at Panel.
  • The ability to use personal and/or professional knowledge and experience to contribute to discussion and decision-making in a balanced and informed manner.
  • The ability to work co-operatively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • The ability to attend Panel meetings, as required, arriving on time, and to attend at least one training day each year.
  • A commitment to keeping children within their own family or community where this is possible and to maintaining contract between children living in foster families and their birth families where this appears to be in the child’s best interest.
  • A commitment to fostering as a way of meeting a child’s needs where this appears to be in the child’s best interests.
  • A commitment to safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare in foster care.
  • A valuing of diversity in relation to issues of ethnicity, religion, gender, disability and sexuality.
  • An understanding of, and commitment to the need for confidentiality.
  • A willingness to increase knowledge and understanding of issues through reading, discussion and training.
  • A willingness to contribute constructively to the annual review of the Central Panel Membership List and, as required, to that of other members and the Chair.

Please note that duties in this job description is not exhaustive and could be subject to change.

We encourage a diverse workforce which reflects the communities we serve. To achieve this, we aim to respect personal differences and promote fairness and dignity for all. We are committed to being an equal opportunity employer.

We follow a robust Safer Recruitment process.  All appointments are subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks, including a satisfactory criminal record check with Barred List check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Our Core Values

INSPIRE

Doing something different, which is impactful, motivational, encouraging uplifting and inspirational!

ENJOY

Achieving a great outcome, in a way that is central to our approach – with passion, fun and positivity!

DIVERSITY

Creating a new opportunity for ‘inclusivity’ or a way to celebrate diversity!

CREATIVITY

Introducing fresh and dynamic ways of creating positive outcomes for children and young people!

OPPORTUNITY

Seizing the opportunity to do something different – but amazing, at Fusion!

GROW, EVOLVE AND ADAPT

Personally contributing to our growth and success at Fusion in a way that is ‘above and beyond’ the norm!

ACHIEVE

Achieving something you are really proud of at work, let’s celebrate your success!

 

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Fusion Fostering Limited, incorporated and registered in England and Wales with company number 07819299 whose registered office is at Old Mill, Maltravers House, Petters Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1SH.

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