Purpose of committee
The Fostering Panel considers applications from potential foster carers (including the detailed arrangements), to be approved as foster carers for children looked after by Lambeth. The Panel also considers the annual reviews of approved foster carers, changes in approval criteria of foster carers and can be consulted over various fostering matters, including the termination of approvals of foster carers. Under the legislation, the Panel makes a recommendation to the Divisional Director Social Care who formally takes the decision as the representative of the Fostering Agency. The Panel contributes to the development and effectiveness of our foster care services as it provides a forum for overseeing the activity of the Fostering Service.
The Panel consists of officers, users and representatives of the authority, an elected member and an independent person. It is a diverse panel that includes representatives from the Children and Young People's Service and independent members who have range of experience and/or expertise in child care matters. Under the Fostering Services Regulations the Panel is required to have an elected Member.