Panel date!!!!!

(36 Posts)
Catfriend Wed 23-Jan-13 09:06:46

hi I've got my panel date!!!! Hopefully if my ssw gets everything done on time!!! It's not for a good few months yet tho. Is there anything I need to do to prepare myself??

Catfriend Thu 30-May-13 08:30:48

Hi lostonline I handed my notice in, done my notice and I have no placementsad which means no incomesad I am rather worried with the no income situation!!!!!

lostonline Fri 17-May-13 09:48:55

Hi Catfriend
Just wondering what is happening with you - any news ?

lostonline Wed 24-Apr-13 10:43:56

Great news - how long will you have to work after you have handed in your notice? Its going to be a real change for you.
We have been permanently matched with 2 school aged girls and we are hopefully meeting them for the first time today. Its all been very stressful because the current foster carers are not happy with the match and we have been left feeling like the bad guys. Hoping today will go well and everyone will be happier at the end of it.

Catfriend Wed 24-Apr-13 07:43:31

Thanks lostonline. They asked me 6 questions, but I got the questions about 10 minutes before I went in. Which gave me and my SSW a chance to read through them and write notes downsmile I'm hopefully going to be approved for birth to 8 with a preference to under 5's. As soon as I receive the letter then I can hand my notice insmile

lostonline Fri 19-Apr-13 08:02:46

Well done - did they ask lots of questions ? Hopefully the letter will arrive next week. What age children have you been approved for ? Have you decided when to had in your notice at work ? Congratulations

Catfriend Fri 19-Apr-13 07:41:32

Well I've been to panel and everything went good. Just waiting for the 'official' letter to say I've been approvedsmile

Catfriend Mon 15-Apr-13 07:47:36

Hi lostonline. I'm hoping that my letter only takes a week then I can hand my notice in sooner rather than later. I can eventually see light at the end of this long assessment smile

lostonline Fri 12-Apr-13 12:35:26

HI Catfriend

We only had to wait a week for the letter to come through. It may be worth asking on the day how long it they except it to take.
I agree about reading through your forms - its strange to see your life all written down in black and white
Good luck - I am sure you will be OK !

NanaNina Thu 11-Apr-13 17:27:31

The thing is that the panel can only recommend approval, and all the paperwork has to be sent to the Agency decision maker. It's a formality but the trouble is they are meant to read the paperwork and I'm sure they only skim it, but if there has been a long panel (maybe 8 or 9 applicants) there is a lot of paperwork.

I would definitely wait till you get your letter of approval. Some carers wait a long time for their first placement too, so it would be quite in order to say you couldn't take placments until you had worked your notice.

Catfriend Thu 11-Apr-13 15:33:57

Thanks NanaNina. I'm still unsure on when to hand my notice in at work?!!! One lady I've spoke to waited 3 weeks for her 'Final letter' of approval to actually go through!!!!

NanaNina Tue 09-Apr-13 20:30:08

Aah thanks for your kind words Catfriend - truth is I miss my job a lot because I loved it, so I like helping others where I can. Yes a lot of people are amazed when they read their form. After all it's not often people ask you for your life story and then write it down. I remember a lovely lady (granny being assessed as a kinship carer for her grand daughter) and I had completed everything and we went to panel and all was fine. I was about to wish her well and she completly shocked me and said "see you next Wednesday then, usual time....." I had told her that I was carrying out her assessment for the LA on an independent basis and hopefully she would get a SSW from the LA, but she hadn't taken it in.

Even when I tried to explain again, she said "well can't you just come anyway" (I had to gently say sorry but No) Don't know if she ever got a SSW as the LA was Birmingham City Council and they were very short of social workers and in quite a mess.

So glad you liked your Form F and a few tears of emotion don't go amiss. You will be fine at Panel and the hard work starts when the children arrive!

Catfriend Tue 09-Apr-13 08:37:47

Go NanaNina. Thanks for your feed back, it always makes more sense when you replysmile I have seen a copy of my Form, it had me crying, I didn't realise I am actually capable of things when it's put down on paper. I get on really well with my SSW and she has helped me alot. My panel day is soon approaching, I am trying not to think about it too much till the actual day. Really I can't stop thinking about it!!!!!

NanaNina Fri 05-Apr-13 00:24:50

Don't worry about panel Catfriend though I know it's easy for me to say that. I am a retired sw and tm mgr of a Fostering & Adoption team, so last worked in 2009. The thing is so long as your assessing sw has carried out a full assessment (and got all the paperwork together!) it should be plain sailing.

It is intimidating however to walk into a room of about 10 strangers. The thing is the law requires that there must be an independent chair of the panel, a rep from education, health, a social worker, a fostering social worker, a local councillor, an independent rep and sometimes legal rep, plus the chair, the Panel advisor and a clerk taking the minutes, so there are a lot of people. They will introduce themselves but you won't remember who they are so don't worry about that.

Before the law changed I chaired Fostering Panels and we used to keep the numbers down to 5 or 6 at most as we knew how intimidating it was for applicants. However the govt in their wisdom decided on this more independent approach, which I suppose could be a fairer system.

No one is out to trip you up. Before you go in the panel chair will talk to the panel members and there will be an agreement about who asks you about something. It isn't really meant to be a Q and A session, but I'm afraid it does end up a bit like that. Panels know that applicants are nervous and allow for that. We always started off by asking applicants how they had found the prep group and whether anything had stood out for them. Best if you can think of something that did, and sometimes we asked if they were shocked by anything. Again don't be afraid to say if that was the case.

Panels are always running late so you will probably have to wait which doesn't help. Honestly it will all be over before you know........just be as open and honest as you can. ALSO very important is this - don't forget LAs urgently need foster carers, so you are offering the LA something, and the Panel will be wanting to approve you. Hope you have seen a copy of your report - if not ask for one, and I am assuming there is a positive recommendation from the assessing sw.
Good Luck!

Sarahjess Thu 04-Apr-13 08:22:56

Wow, great news for you. We are opting for newborn-2 yrs. it seems that in our area there are only a few that foster that age group. I'm sure on Monday we will learn more with our home visit. Look forward to your news smile x

lostonline Wed 03-Apr-13 22:14:54

Been to our first new carers support group meeting tonight. A few of the couples there had been approved for while and not had placements. It seemed that they had been approved for a limited age range or specified gender. We were glad our social worker had advised us to go to panel for approval for a wider range than we had initially thought about and said that we can always say no to a potential placement. It's worth finding out about the different kinds of fostering available in your area and considering being approved for different kinds.

Sarahjess Wed 03-Apr-13 20:23:03

Hi, no, no other information given yet sad. Maybe when they home visit. I think each county is a different time frame, we are Dorset, they say about 6 months from 1st phone call, that was 5 weeks ago. Have you got tips? Good luck with your meeting Friday, look forward to reading your news x

Sarahjess Wed 03-Apr-13 20:06:06

Hi, no, no other information given yet sad. Maybe when they home visit. I think each county is a different time frame, we are Dorset, they say about 6 months from 1st phone call, that was 5 weeks ago. Have you got tips? Good luck with your meeting Friday, look forward to reading your news x

lostonline Wed 03-Apr-13 14:39:52

We didn't get preparation time although I think we were supposed too - but the questions were all the obvious ones that we had been expecting and had prepared for at home.

We have a meeting with the SW of a possible placement on Friday to find out more. Looking forward to finally having a child placed with us after all this time.

Sarahjess - good luck with your first home visit - have they given you any idea about possible panel dates - ours could have been sooner but we had to delay training until January as could not attend the first lot in September

Catfriend Sun 31-Mar-13 09:14:09

10 questions!!!!OMG I was hoping to be asked about 4!!!!! Were you allowed adequate time to prepare yourself for the questions???? Have you had any news on your first placement??

lostonline Fri 29-Mar-13 22:29:59

The official letter arrived yesterday. They asked about ten questions but they were all very friendly. I was nervous but they put us at ease. Weird to be sat in front of all those people who knew so much about us. Good luck with your application. We are looking forward to our first placement

Catfriend Fri 29-Mar-13 08:06:00

Lostonline: yes my panel date is a few weeks time, I'm nervous and excited. How many questions did they ask you?? Did they say how long 'the letter' will take to arrive??

Sarahjess Thu 28-Mar-13 20:48:04

I've found this thread so helpful. We are due our first home visit next week, looking forward to meeting others doing he same as us, such a long time to complete tho. I hope in a month or so, I'll be able to write similar news smile. Thanks for sharing, it's really helped xxx

lostonline Tue 26-Mar-13 22:05:15

Thanks cat - it's all very exciting. We are waiting for confirmation in writing but we are assured its on its way ! Looking forward to our meeting with SSW and talking about possible placements. Is your panel date soon ?

Catfriend Tue 26-Mar-13 18:54:08

Ahh fantastic news Lost I bet your over the moonsmile have you got your room all ready and sorted?!! I bet you can't wait now. Eee I'm really happy for you.

lostonline Mon 25-Mar-13 11:15:36

Thank you Ember
We are approved for one child or siblings aged 0 - 12 for respite care and long term fostering. We can not do short term or emergency as we do not leave close enough to school runs.
Our SSW is visiting on Thursday with profiles for two possible long term placements and we may do some respite care in the next few months while long term placements are sorted.
Does anyone have any experience of respite care ?

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