This workshop is a must for any worker faced with an upcoming Hearing or charged with writing a report for Court for permanence applications or kinship care orders. Aimed at the social worker new to children and family teams and in permanence or kinship teams, and for more experienced practitioners looking to sharpen their practice.
The expectations of the panel adviser can vary across different agencies, so this workshop will look at the core requirements of the role in terms of quality assurance, maintaining consistency, providing and promoting a feedback loop and supporting everyone involved in panels to participate as fully as possible. It is a complex and at times, a challenging role and therefore discussions will take place in a supportive and safe environment.
The role of the minute taker in adoption and fostering panels is a crucial one. Adoption and fostering panels are underpinned by specific legal and regulatory requirements. Therefore, minute takers need to have a sufficient understanding of these requirements in order to produce a minute that is relevant, clear and appropriate.
Children’s Hearings are often a tense and confusing experience for carers and the children in their care. It is a formal legal forum where difficult family issues are discussed, and birth parents will be present. Foster carers and kinship carers need support in understanding the procedures, what their role and rights are, putting forward their views and helping the young people deal with their reactions to the Hearing.