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Fostering Panel Chair

Location: West Midlands
Job Type: Temporary, Part Time
Date added: 6th March 2018
Salary:£350 per session
Reference: HO-FC-PC-BIR-SW


Swiis Foster Care are interested to hear from professionals who have some experience of working with children and/or knowledge of the care system who would like to chair our monthly Fostering Panel to assess prospective carers and carry out reviews in Edgbaston, Birmingham. This is a sessional volunteer role where your expenses will be covered. 

A successful candidate should be available to do daytime or evening sessions, or both. Assessing prospective applicant's suitability to foster is a complex process and their personal details are scrutinised in great detail in order that the lives of the children and young people placed by the Swiis Foster Care are safeguarded. 

The Panel Chair will ideally hold a social work qualification, and if your application is successful, you will be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check and references.

The Panel chair is self-employed and will be required to attend our Fostering Panels held during the daytime and evening, at our office in Edgbaston. There are also planned additional business meetings and training events throughout the year which you would be expected to attend. You will be paid a set fee for each meeting, which includes scrutiny of all documentation prior to panel, attendance at Panel and agreeing minutes post Panel. The fostering panel chair will also be responsible for appraising panel members.


· Experience of working with children and/or knowledge of the care system

· Knowledge of child care legislation and other relevant legislation/initiatives pertaining to foster care

· Willingness to work on a flexible basis, e.g. evenings and daytime

· Eligibility to work in the UK without a work permit or visa restrictions

· Commitment to the safe care and well-being of vulnerable people


· Flexible working hours

· Free DBS*

About Swiis:

At Swiis, we believe that good and great are two entirely different things. So we aim for the latter in everything we do. That’s why Swiis Foster Care is a national leading Independent Fostering Agency, regularly rated Ofsted Outstanding for the high-quality service provided to our foster carers and children and young people in our care.

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