2 Dec 2016 Where’s the added value? Should we really care about the future of Fostering Panels? The ‘threat’ to Adoption Panels posed by implementation of Clause 29 of the Children & Social Work Bill has provoked strong feelings across the sector. Fears about the loss of ‘independent scrutiny’, the ‘monitoring’ of decision-making and the ‘safeguarding’ functions get high profile coverage. And of course the possibility of losing the ‘added value’ Fostering Panels provide in the same areas has also been raised.
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