Wirral is home to vibrant, energetic and engaged communities, people who take real ownership of their local area and are passionate about making Wirral a better place. The council and its partners have pledged to #BeTheDifference.
We’ve got ambitious targets to meet by 2025. To achieve everything we have promised to our residents, we need people who are driven and ready to deliver the very best for our communities - #BeTheDifference.
Wirral Children's Services is looking for Independent Fostering Panel Members that are able to join fostering Panel. As a panel member you will make informed recommendations about Foster carers who wish to foster looked after children.
The fostering panel provides independent oversight of the recruitment, assessment and review of foster carers and makes recommendations on their suitability to foster.
Applicants should have experience either professionally, personally or both of the placement of children in adoptive or foster families or of children being cared for away from their birth family.
Applicants should note that this is a self-employed position would therefore need to show self-employed status with HRMC.
As Panel Members our responsibilities will include:
To read the circulated papers carefully before the meeting and to attend the meeting prepared to raise issues and to contribute to the panel discussion
To take responsibility for participating in the making of a recommendation, on each case, drawing on both personal and professional knowledge and experience
To attend meetings of the panel as specified in your agreement with the agency
To be prepared to attend additional panels if possible, if requested
To participate, with other members, in advising on policy and procedural matters as required
To address diversity issues and promote anti-discriminatory practice
To safeguard the confidentiality of all panel papers and panel discussions
To participate in induction and in training which will be at least one day per year
To participate constructively in the annual review of your central list panel membership.
We strive to have a Panel that reflects the diversity within our communities and foster placements therefore we would warmly welcome applications from people from different cultures, people from the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities . It is desirable/required to have personal or professional experience in one or more of the following areas: police, law, qualified social work, foster care as a carer, family member or looked after child, education, health services, family support and/or other relevant interests or public service.
This is an independent position and remuneration is per panel attended. Panel members will receive £60 until 12noon and then £15 per additional hour for each panel attended.
This position will initially, in line with current government guidance be based from home. In future, the Council will be moving to a hybrid of working arrangements for many of our roles with a combination of homeworking, office and site working as required.
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The successful applicant must have the ability to converse with members of the public and provide advice in accurate, spoken English.
This post is subject to Enhanced Level DBS check.
Please note that in accordance with the Council’s policy, employees who are in a formal redeployment situation will be considered in the first instance for all vacancies.
It is Council policy not to re-appoint any employee who has left under the terms of the Council’s Early Voluntary Retirement (EVR) scheme or who have left with a voluntary severance (VS) package, unless in exceptional circumstances
Applications will be accepted until midnight on the closing date.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than the specified date should we receive sufficient applications.
Applications can only be accepted through the Jobs page following registration. Forms received via the post will not be processed.
All applicants invited to interview must evidence their right to work in the UK. Details of required documents can be found by clicking the link at the bottom of the Jobs page.
The job description and other supporting documents will not be accessible once the vacancy closing date has passed so if a copy is required you should download it now.