Volunteers needed for fostering panel

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People who care about finding parents for Lancashire children have a chance to help.

Lancashire County Council is looking to recruit people from different backgrounds to an important role as a member of either its adoption or fostering panel.

The panels make recommendations on whether adoptions or foster care placements should go ahead.

All organisations involved with adoption or fostering must have a panel by law.

Each panel membership includes an independent chairman, social workers, people who have been involved in the adoption or fostering process, and other professionals and medical advisers.

Each panel should also include a number of independent people who are not professionals, to ensure the panel represents people from all backgrounds.

Appointees to both panels would need to attend monthly meetings to hear the cases presented for the approval, or not, of prospective foster carers or adoptive parents. The adoption panel meets three times each month and the fostering panel meets twice every month.

People will need to be able to demonstrate some relevant experience, either in their professional or personal life, to be appointed to the role.

County Coun Matthew Tomlinson (pictured) , cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “We are really interested in hearing from a broad range of people to gain from their wisdom and experience.”

To apply, email tracey.kelly@lancashire.gov.uk.