Independent Panel Member 


POST:                                      Independent Panel Member

RESPONSIBLE TO:              Panel Chair

LOCATION:                             Regional Venue

HOURS:                                  As required



Independent Panel members are self-employed individuals with specific skills or backgrounds that will assist the company in the vetting of applicants to become foster carers.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • To prepare for Panel meetings by carefully reading the Panel papers, identifying key issues and being prepared to raise issues and contribute to the Panel discussions.
  • To actively participate in the Panel discussions using information from the Panel papers and the member’s professional knowledge and experience to help make a recommendation.
  • To attend, on a rota basis, Panel meetings as detailed by the Panel Administrator dependant upon the volume of Panel business at any one time.
  • To have some flexibility which will allow the Panel member to attend additional Panel meetings when requested.
  • To participate, with other Panel members, in advising on policy and procedural matters which fall under the Panel’s remit.
  • Be prepared to address diversity issues when they occur and to promote anti-discriminatory practice at all times.
  • To safeguard the confidentiality of all information connected with the Panel and to ensure that all papers, files and electronic copies of documents are destroyed at the end of each Panel.
  • To take part in any training that is required to fulfil this role. At least one day per year should be allocated to this.
  • To participate fully in the annual review of the Panel as well as provide information in support of the quality assurance process.

Experience & Qualifications

  • Experience, professionally or personally or both, of the placement of children in foster care or of children being cared for away from their birth family.
  • Qualifications commensurate with the experience brought to the Panel.


  • Some understanding of the purpose and function of the Panel and the agency which Panel is serving, or a willingness to learn.


  • Good listening and communication skills
  • The ability to analyse large amounts of complex and sometimes distressing information.
  • Be able to make an assessment and form a view based on the evidence presented.
  • To be able to work co-operatively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.


  • A commitment to keep children within their own family or community where this is possible and to maintaining contact 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.
  • A commitment to safeguarding and the promotion of children’s welfare.
  • Valuing diversity in relation to ethnicity, religion, gender, disability and sexuality.
  • A willingness to increase knowledge and understanding.


  • Panel members will receive £150 per panel plus mileage which is to be charged at 40p per mile.


Closing Date: no closing date

For further information and to apply please contact:

Belinda Cashman  for Yorkshire at email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

Sharon Batchelor for West Midlands at email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.