The Panel will undertake the final checks before making a recommendation to FosterCare UK about your suitability to become a foster carer.
All fostering agencies are required to create a panel of independent people who can offer experienced and knowledgeable feedback about the suitability and capability of potential and current foster carers working with FosterCare UK. A fostering panel is a carefully selected group of people who meet regularly to consider information presented to them about the suitability of families applying to become foster carers.
Panel members will have already read your assessment report before your panel meeting and prior to the meeting the panel will have discussed your assessment. The panel members will have had the opportunity to ask questions about the information.
The panel chair will ask panel members for comments and queries on the report and accompanying documents that may require further clarification. They will also ask you a few questions.
After the meeting is complete you will usually be given verbal feedback on the panel’s recommendations. The panel’s recommendations and the meeting minutes will be sent to the Agency Decision-Maker for final consideration and approval. The recommendations and minutes are normally agreed within 5-10 working days of the panel meeting.
The Agency Decision Maker is tasked with making the final decision about whether you are suitable to be approved or reapproved as a foster carer or whether, for some valid reason, your approval should be terminated. In most cases, the Agency Decision-Maker accepts the recommendation provided by the panel.
To find out more about becoming a foster carer, contact our team of fostering advisors today.
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