Team Fostering - Current Vacancies - Independent Vice Panel Chair (North East Region)

Independent Vice Panel Chair (North East Region)

Unit 6, Hedley Court, Orion Business Park, North Shields, Tyne & Wear NE29 7ST

Hours: Variable Monthly (depending on Panel Business)

Responsible to: Assistant Director

Pay:    Vice Chair: £401.53 per panel plus expenses.  Panel Member: £160.61 per panel plus expenses.

Team Fostering is an ethical not for profit fostering agency with a strong reputation and proven track record for providing high quality foster homes for care experienced children. We pride ourselves on our values and we expect our staff to commit to and demonstrate these values in their everyday work.

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Team Fostering to appoint an Independent Vice Chair for the North East Fostering Panel. We would welcome applications from candidates with a background and knowledge in one of the following areas, education; health; the police force; probation; foster caring and care experience of young people.

As an Independent Chair you will be responsible for contributing to the provision of a first-class fostering service for children through the effective chairing and participation in fostering Panel meetings.

As a Panel Vice Chair, you will need to be able to attend a virtual Panel one day a month.

As Panel Vice Chair your responsibilities will include:

  • Chairing Panel meetings, when required, ensuring that all items of business are covered and that the Panel operates in accordance with regulations and the policies and procedures of the agency.
  • To prepare for Panel meetings, reading Panel papers carefully, identifying key issues and alerting the Panel Adviser if necessary to ensure, as far as possible, that the assessments are adequate for submission to panel.
  • To take responsibility for participating in the making of a recommendation on each case, drawing on both personal and professional knowledge and experience.
  • To safeguard the confidentiality of all Panel papers and Panel discussions.

A knowledge of fostering and the regulatory framework and standards surrounding it as well as evidence of a commitment to achieving positive outcomes for children are all essential qualities we are seeking for this post.

As the Vice Chair you will also be required to contribute to the continuous development of the agency through working effectively with the Panel Adviser, the Agency Decision Maker and other Senior Managers.

The Panel Vice Chair will receive £160.61 per panel. In the absence of the Panel Chair, the Vice Chair will be expected to deputise and will therefore receive £401.53 per panel.

A formal induction programme is provided for the successful candidate as a requirement of this post.

For an informal discussion please contact Rachael Johnson, Assistant Director on 0191 257 6806 or by email on

To apply, please complete an Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form (available below) and return to no later than 9am on Wednesday 27th January 2021.

Please note Team Fostering does not accept CV’s.


1. Job Description

2. Person Specification

3. Application Form

4. Equal Opportunities Form

5. A Guide to completing your Application Form  


All posts require an Enhanced DBS Disclosure

Closing date:  9.00am Wednesday 27 January 2021

Interviews will be held on Monday 8 February 2021

Please note if you are shortlisted for interview we will contact you via the email you have provided. Please ensure you check your emails regularly.

Thank you for your interest in Team Fostering and taking the time to apply for this position.