Venue: An online Live Microsoft Teams Meeting (audio only) via the link
Contact: Liz Wright
Apologies for Absence
Declarations of Interest
Items for Decision - part one - Open to the Public -
Appointment of an Independent Member to the Fostering Panel
· Ursula Gill
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 Ursula Gill as Fostering Panel Social Work Member with effect from March 2021.
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.
Ursula has worked within a fostering setting both IFA and Local authority for a number of years and have developed a number of skills during this time.
In her current role at Bolton Council she has experience of the placement of children in adoptive and foster families. Part of my role includes matching the foster families she supports with referrals the team receive for children coming into care. Her experience and training have enabled her to gain understanding of how separation and loss can affect children and young people. She works hard with foster carers to ensure they too have a good level of understanding around this as they then can understand some of the behaviours our looked after children can display and the reasons behind this.
Ursula routinely completes annual reviews and fostering assessments in her current role so understands the role of the Fostering Panel. Ursula appears to have the skills to be able to read, process and analyse large amounts of complex information. She and her referees report that she has good listening and communication skills which have been developed through her role as a Supervising Social Worker. Through her experience of presenting numerous assessments to panel Ursula considers that she could make an assessment and form a view based on the written and oral information presented to Panel and have the confidence to articulate this at Panel.
In her current and previous roles Ursula has worked as part of a team. She seemingly has a good work ethic and Is personable.
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.
· No risks identified.
· Confidentiality statement will be signed as well and discussions re conflict of interest and declaring any conflicts.
Fostering Panel budget already in place. No increase in expenditure.
Financial Advice obtained: Not applicable
HR Advice obtained: Not applicable
Climate Change Advice obtained: Not applicable
Exclusion of the Public
Items for Briefing - Part Two- Closed to the Public