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.