Hours of work: Frequency of Panels to be determined - on average 1 panel per month
Closing date: Sunday 06 February 2022
Interview date: to be confirmed
For an informal discussion, please contact Adrian Sewell on 01323 747407 or email; email@example.com
About the role
East Sussex County Council is looking to recruit an Independent Fostering Panel Chair to join our Fostering Panel and chair regular panel meetings.
The Fostering panel has oversight of the following: recruitment, assessment and review of foster carers and connected persons. Panel members together make decisions on suitability of foster carer applicants in the long and short term.
We invite applicants who have previous experience professionally and/or personally with looked after children in foster care/with kinship carers or away from birth family.
Salary: £500 per panel meeting (Inclusive of preparation work)
We are a seeking an independent Panel Chair who is committed to innovative practice, supporting our aim to provide high quality foster care, and achieving the best possible outcomes for our children.
Panels take place on average once a month, but there are times when extra panels are required.
- You will have professional knowledge and experience of children being cared for away from their birth families in fostering placements.
- You should have the ability to chair a complex meeting where a wide variety of views may be expressed.
- You will have excellent oral and written communication skills.
- You must have the ability to facilitate the active participation of all panel members to identify key issues assisting panel to reach robust recommendations regarding the approval of foster carers or their ongoing registration.
This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau). For further information about what is required in this process please go to http://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check. Please note that we require evidence of an overseas police check if you have lived or worked abroad.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.
Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.
Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.
If you require any reasonable adjustments, due to disability, to enable you to participate fully in the process please contact the hiring manager on the contact details above.
Reasonable adjustments include things like an offline application form. If you would like to discuss your requirements further, please get in touch.
East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.