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Central List

There is no fixed panel membership, no maximum number of members and no maximum tenure of office for membership of the Fostering or Adoption Panels.

Members must be drawn from a Central List of persons with the appropriate qualifications and/or experience.

In the case of the Fostering Panel, the Central List must include one or more social workers who have at least three years’ relevant post-qualifying experience.

In the case of the Adoption Panels, the Central List must include:

  • Adoption social workers with at least 3 years’ relevant post qualifying experience in child care social work, including direct experience in adoption work (not necessarily employed by the agency);
  • The Medical Adviser/s;
  • Other persons whom the agency considers suitable including specialists in education, race and culture and child and adolescent mental health services; and those with personal experience of adoption.