Independent Panel Chair

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Corbyn Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 2JP
£350 per Panel for approx 24 Panels per year
13 Sep 2021
20 Sep 2021
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Dudley is focussed, ambitious and creative

Dudley is an ambitious local authority and a great place to develop your career.

We recognise the importance of investing in our workforce and are committed to giving you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills through our learning and development offer provided by our innovative and highly valued Centre for Professional Practice ( Where you will be trained in Restorative Practice the basis of how we work with children and families in Dudley.

In Dudley we are passionate about the wellbeing of our children, young people and families. Our vision is that Dudley borough is a place where children and young people thrive. Where each child gets a good start in life, where families are supported to be independent, responsible and successful and where the most vulnerable children are protected. In our recent inspection Ofsted stated that the experiences and progress of children in care and care leavers was “Good”.

Our transformed children’s services put children’s needs at the very heart of all that we do and we are looking for passionate, dedicated and determined individuals to join new teams and help us deliver better outcomes for the children and families we serve.

Our reshaped council and reshaped service offers a great opportunity for you to influence and develop as we accelerate the pace of change. We want the best people to travel with us and to reap the rewards along the way.


Rate per Panel - £350.00 plus expenses

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 National Minimum Standards.

Dudley Fostering Service is looking to appoint an Independent Panel Chair for our Fostering and Permanence Panel.

Panels take place twice per month, on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays – 24 panels per year.

The rate per panel includes preparation reading for panel, chairing of panel and subsequent approval of minutes. The expected duration of each panel is 6 hours but some may be shorter and occasionally some may be longer.

The post holder will be required to Chair Disruption Placement meetings as and when required. The rate applied for this will be £45.00 per hour

Regular training is provided and access to our Centre for Professional Practice training programme.

The post requires an Enhanced DBS check.

We are looking for a candidate who is enthusiastic, dynamic and committed to ensuring that Foster Carers are recruited and retained who are competent to meet the needs of vulnerable children.

The expectation is that you will provide leadership to panel by being well prepared, carefully identifying key issues and alerting the Panel Advisor to any concerns.

We are seeking to appoint a competent and accomplished professional with the ability to ensure that the panel functions within a clear anti-discriminatory framework. You will need to be able to demonstrate expertise in childcare planning and child development with a detailed and up to date knowledge of the legislative framework for Fostering and a comprehensive understanding of the national standards and current good practice initiatives.

The suitable candidate must have excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and be able to put prospective and approved foster carers at ease whilst promoting sound and responsible decision-making.

For informal discussion please contact Claudia Gordon, Fostering and Permanence Professional Adviser on 01384 815858.

NB.  We reserve the right to close vacancies prior to the advertised closing date should a large number of applications be received

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