{meta} Agenda for Lead Member for Children's and Young People's Services Briefing on Friday, 12 March 2021, 10.00 am

Agenda and decisions

Venue: Online Live meeting (Microsoft Teams-Audio Only)

Contact: Liz Wright 

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Declarations of Interest


Items for Decision - part one - Open to the Public -


Appointment of an Independent member to the Fostering Panel

1.    Bill Markham


Salford City Council - Record of Decision


I Councillor John Merry, Lead Member for Children’s and Young People’s Services, in exercise of the powers contained within the Elected City Mayor’s Register of Executive Functions delegated to Lead Members do hereby approve:


The appointment of William Markham as Fostering Panel Social Work Member with effect from March 2021.

The Reasons are:

The Fostering Panel is required to meet the requirements of the Fostering

Regulations 2011 and the National Minimum Standards for Fostering Services which outlines the need for independent panel members;


Constitution and membership of fostering panel 23. — (1) The fostering service provider must maintain a list of persons who are considered by them to be suitable to be members of a fostering panel (“the central list”), including one or more social workers who have at least three years’ relevant post-qualifying experience.


William (Bill) qualified as a social worker in 1985 and have 35 years experience of social work with children and young people. He is registered with SW England.


Following qualification, Bill worked in two local authorities as a social worker with children and families. In 1991 he took up a post in Wigan’s Fostering and Adoption Team where I worked as a supervising social worker until 2000. He then moved to an independent fostering agency where he worked until my retirement in 2019. During his time with the IFA Bill worked as a supervising social worker, then as the Registered Manager, before reverting to a supervising social worker role following the merger with another IFA. Since his semi retirement in 2019 Bill has become a member of three local authority fostering panels and one local authority adoption panel.


He has a comprehensive and thorough understanding of Fostering Regulations and National Minimum Standards and have extensive experience of preparing reports for panel, in addition to supervising social workers carrying out fostering assessments.

Options considered and rejected were:

This is a statutory requirement in order for the council to carry out its Fostering Agency functions. The Fostering Panel needs to meet the requirements for membership and quoracy.

Assessment of Risk:

No risks identified. Confidentiality statement will be signed as well and discussions re conflict of interest and declaring any conflicts.


The source of funding is:

Fostering Panel budget already in place. No increase in expenditure.

Legal Advice obtained: No

Financial Advice obtained: No

 Procurement Advice obtained: No

HR Advice obtained: No

Climate Change Advice obtained: No

The following documents have been used to assist the decision process:

·         Application form

·         DBS check

·         References x 2

·         SW England Registration checked. 


Contact Officer:        Nola Metcalfe – Fostering Panel Advisor                       

Telephone number:  07816084353


(Please delete from the list below any which are not relevant.)

  • This decision is subject to consideration for briefing purposes by the Lead Member for Children’s & Young Peoples’ Services.
  • This decision is not subject to consideration by another Lead Member.
  • This document records a key decision which was not included in the Council’s Forward Plan and  ...  view the full decision text for item 3a


Exclusion of the Public


Briefing items - Part Two- Closed to the Public