Panels, also referred to as Review Panels, are set up to be independent of your agency or fostering service provider. They will consider adoption and fostering suitability cases and adoption disclosure cases.
When the panel is being convened we will ensure the independence of the review panel by not including any review panel member who is or was:
You must tell us when you receive a list of attendees if you believe a particular review panel member should not, in fact, be appointed to consider your case.
Review panels will be held on a monthly basis as required in Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester and twice a month in London. Once we receive your application we will identify the panel most suitable to consider your case, taking into account other cases needing to be heard. We will try to keep your travelling to a reasonable distance. Reviews of Intercountry Adoption cases will be heard by either the London panel or the Leeds panel.
The panels looking at these cases will have a membership of between 6 and 10 people. All panel members will have professional or personal experience of adoption or fostering. The make up of the panel will depend on the type of case being heard.
Each panel will have a:
A registered Medical Practitioner will sit as a panel member in adoption cases and as an adviser in fostering cases where there is medical information being considered.
These panels will have 3 members who will be drawn from the main review panel membership:
The panel chair would be selected from these three panel members.
This will be provided by a Professional Adviser who will be an experienced social worker with knowledge of both adoption and fostering legislation and practice and a Legal Adviser who will prepare a written report for the panel in all cases.)
A Panel Secretary will be present to make a record of the meeting.