Rees Panel Project

Recognising the Value of Care Experience

The Rees Foundation - Our Vision
For people with care experience to have opportunities to seek the support they need to reflect on their own experience, recognise its value and offer it to others for shared benefit.

Rees Panel Project was launched to promote and facilitate care experienced adults (i.e. care leaver aged 18+) within fostering & adoption panels. Our aim is to provide specifically tailored training and to connect panels with skilled care experienced people.

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There are issues in general for recruiting and retaining panel members due to the frequency of panels, the availability of professionals and those with relevant experience to attend. In addition fees vary considerably and often do not reflect the extensive reading required for most panels.

In the recruitment of those with care experience, there are also additional anxieties about exploitation, providing appropriate support and their understanding of the role and function of the fostering panel. However, diversity and differing perspectives within panel are essential to the coherent functioning of a panel and those who are care experienced have a unique and valuable contribution to make.

The training and support we provide aims to equip people with the skills required to take on the role of a panel member, whilst acknowledging the complexities of utilising personal experience in a professional context.


  • Recruiting care experienced people to become panel members
  • Specific & recognised training
  • Ongoing support – buddy system & network
  • Creating a UK wide database of care experienced panel members
  • Connecting panels with trained care experienced people
  • Providing guidance to panels
  • Developing excellence in practice model & raising standards

Who can apply for panel training?

CARE EXPERIENCED INDIVIDUALS - We welcome all adult care experienced people – with or without panel experience. Please see the TRAINING EVENTS listed below and click on the link to the training event that you are interested in attending to register yourself. We will contact you to discuss travel arrangements. There is no charge to attend this training!

FOSTERING AND ADOPTION AGENCIES We offer 2 options for you

Option A - If you have a care experienced panel member already, they will benefit from the support and ongoing professional development offered by Rees. There is a nominal fee of £100 to fostering and adoption agencies wishing to support their care experienced panel members by enrolling them on Rees Panel training.

Or Option B - Rees Foundation will endeavour to link you up with Panel trained care experienced people in your area. Please send us the following information at


Venue for panel meetings:

Frequency of panel meetings:

Panel Member Fee:

Contact person:

Any additional opportunities:

We do recommend recruiting at least 2 care experienced panel members - to ensure you have representation at each panel & to facilitate a peer support mechanism as good practice. We charge a small admin fee for linking you up with up to 3 panel trained care experienced individuals.

Interested in our TRAINING EVENTS below?

If you wish to register yourself or on behalf of someone with care experience, please use the links below:

10th February 2020 in BIRMINGHAM

4th March 2020 in LONDON

There will be further dates and locations released in due course. Our aim is to run the programme across the UK (depending on demand)

If you would like to telephone us to discuss Rees Panel Project please call Rees Foundation on 01527 916 559 or freephone 0330 094 5645

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