Independent Chair (Fostering & Permanence Panel) - Self Employed

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Ref no: ERN01382
Closes: Sunday, 18th February 2018
Published: Friday, 26th January 2018
Location: Various locations throughout East Renfrewshire Council area
Rate: £300 per day
Hours: Variable
Contract Type: Temporary
Position Type: Part Time
Organisation: East Renfrewshire Council
Category: Social Services / Housing / Childcare
Sub-category: Children's Social Work


This represents an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, motivated individual to become the Independent Chair of East Renfrewshire’s Fostering and Permanence Panel. Your experience and skills will be vital in this important role, which is crucial in supporting the futures of our looked after children and young people. You will provide vision and leadership to our diverse group of Panel members and the HSCP within a multi-agency and multi-disciplinary context. The recent redesign of East Renfrewshire HSCP’s children’s services includes the Permanence and Care Excellence (PACE) commitment to consider plans for children within six months of when they first become looked after to plan where they will live permanently We have reduced the number of children subject to Compulsory Supervision Orders and have improved planning for younger children. Although we have reduced the number of children ‘looked after’ by about 10% in the past year, our Fostering and Permanence Panel has a pivotal role in considering permanence planning to ensure that our looked after children and young people have the best opportunities throughout their childhood and into adulthood. The Looked after (Scotland) Regulations 2009 and the Adoption and Children’s (Scotland) Act 2007 also guide the work of the Panel to consider the approval and suitability of adoptive families, foster carers and supported carers. This includes all aspects of post-adoption support planning. The successful candidate will have professional and/or personal experience of the placement of children in adoptive and foster families and of children being cared for away from their birth family ; as well as experience in chairing complex meetings. The role will be part time and is expected to involve a minimum commitment of 10 days per annum. The post-holder will operate in a self-employed capacity as an independent practitioner and will be appointed for 2 years. Remuneration will be at a rate of £ 300 per day. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Check.

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