Advert – Fostering Panel Chair / Panel Member – Southeast
ROLES – Fostering Panel Vice Chair and
Panel Members (Panel Member must have a background in Health or Education)
LOCATION – Southeast Region
CONTRACT TYPE – Sessional/self-employed.
PAY: Up to £400 per Panel (Panel Vice Chair only when acting as Panel Chair) or £200 per Panel (Panel Vice Chair/Panel Member) plus expenses. There is a requirement to attend mandatory and developmental training, which is also paid time.
Closing Date for applications: 7 October 2022
Interviews: 14 October 2022
At Fusion Fostering, our focus is to achieve positive experiences for the children and young people looked after by our dedicated foster carers. We have built strong relationships with Local Authorities across the UK to provide a range of exceptional children’s services delivered by a team of motivated, highly competent practitioners. We consistently drive better outcomes for young people and this child-focussed approach, combined with our commitment to continuous learning and improvement, has contributed to our reputation for service excellence, and recent growth of the organisation.
The key responsibilities of our Panel are 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, whilst maintaining a child-centered approach, fundamental to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of every child.
Our Panels are held either virtually or in-person so the ability to travel across the Southeast areas may be required.
The successful applicant will have:
- 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 is advantageous but not essential.
- 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.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Therefore, we expect all workers and employees to share this commitment.
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).
If you are interested in taking on a new challenge and have the skills to strengthen our team further, then we want to hear from you.
To apply Online for this role, please Click Here. All applicants must complete an application form (CVs submitted in isolation will not be accepted).