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

Independent Vice Panel Chair (North East)

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

Hours:            Variable Monthly (depending on Panel Business)

Pay:               The Panel Vice-Chair will receive £184.15 per panel. In the absence of the Panel Chair, the Vice Chair will be expected to deputise and will therefore receive £460.25 per panel. 


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. Fostering panels have a crucial role to play in the provision and monitoring of foster care for children.  The fostering panel provides independent oversight of the recruitment, assessment and review of foster carers and makes reasoned recommendations on their suitability to foster. 

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Team Fostering to appoint an Independent Vice Chair for the North East fostering Panel.

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 member, you will need to be available to attend a 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.

At Team Fostering we believe a diverse workplace is a happy workplace.  A culture of equality where ideas are shared is the cornerstone of our business to ensure that the impact on children’s futures is vast.   It is very important to us that our panel members are from different backgrounds to help us ensure we are making the right decisions for the children and young people in our care.    Team Fostering strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL be ourselves. We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented within the agency.

Please see the Job description and Person Specification for further information.

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


For an informal discussion please contact Tracey Bulley, Team Manager (North Shields) or Natalie Wright, Team Manager (Middlesbrough) on the contact details below: 

Tracey Bulley: 
07900 582684

Natalie Wright  
Tel: 07717 762126

To apply, please complete an Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form (available below) and return to no later than 9am on Friday 31st May, 2024.


1. Job Description

2. Person Specification

3. Thinking of Joining a Fostering Panel?

4. Application Form

5. Equal Opportunities Form

6. A Guide to completing your Application Form


The closing date for applications is Friday 31 May 2024.

Interviews will take place on Friday 14 June 2024 at our North Shields office. 

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS Disclosure.

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.

Please note we are not currently accepting applications via employment agencies.