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Professional Panel Training

Farid Testimonial

We’re recruiting care experienced people (i.e. Care Leavers aged 18 and above) to train them to become fostering/adoption panel members. We need care experienced panel members to work with Local Authorities and Independent Agencies to help make recommendations about potential Foster Carers and Adopters

We know that people with care experience can provide diverse perspectives, and make unique and valuable contributions to the process of approving foster carers and adopters.

The training and support we provide equips care experienced people with the skills required to take on the role of a panel member, whilst acknowledging the complexities of using personal experience in a professional setting.

“Rees helped me in a time of crisis by listening to my problems and advising me about how I can move forward positively. Although I originally contacted Rees for a crisis loan I received a much more valuable service by having people empower me to embrace my identity and I was signposted to the foster panel training with Rees where I was able to make a valuable contribution and am now able to work on panels to earn my own money. Through the training I was able to meet other people like me and have now established a support network that I did not previously have. The induvials who delivered the training were inspiring and have reignited my passion to make changes to social work from the inside-out.” – Michaela

Overview of Training Programme

  • Purpose of panel
  • Role of panel members
  • Unique professional role of care experienced panel members
  • Reading skills & highlighting issues
  • Support
  • Self-care
  • Importance of reflection & self-development

Who can apply?
All adult (18+)  care experienced people – with or without panel experience.

If you have a care experienced panel member already they will benefit from the support provisions and ongoing professional development.

There is an £80 fee to agencies wishing to support their care experienced panel members.

For more details please email

Our Aims

  • Developing excellence in practice model & raising standards
  • Recruiting care experienced people to become panel members
  • Specific & recognised training
  • Ongoing support – buddy system & network
  • Providing guidance to panels
  • Managing a recognised central list of care experienced panel members
  • Connecting panels with qualified care experienced people

Interested? If you are interested in training as a panel member or want further information, please email



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