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Effective Adoption Panels 2011 edition
Guidance on regulations, process and good practice in adoption and permanence panels
Written by Jenifer Lord and Deborah Cullen
Publication date: 2011
ISBN: 978 1 907585 326
About the book
“…valuable reading for any existing panel member and a must for new members.” Adoption UK
To execute the vital role that panels – and panel members – must play in relation to the lives of children, birth families, and existing or prospective adoptive parents and foster carers, information and best practice guidance are essential.
This new edition has been comprehensively revised in light of the new adoption standards, regulations and guidance (2011). It will be of interest and value not only to new and existing central list and panel members but also to all those who come into contact with the work of panels, particularly social workers, agency managers, committee members, adoptive parents and foster carers, and a wide range of other professionals.
The guide aims to:
Inform panel members about their roles and responsibilities;
Update them on current legislation and issues of good practice;
Help them integrate this work within their own agency context and policies;
Equip them with the knowledge, understanding and confidence needed to make appropriate recommendations in the the best interests of children;
Encourage them to play a full role as individual panel members and to continue to learn more about this task.
Effective Adoption Panels is organised into six chapters which focus on: establishing the panel; agency policy and practice issues; considering adoption for a child; families offering placements; matching children and families; and intercountry adoption.
Comprehensive appendices include useful supplementary information such as: sample job and person specifications for central list and panel members; sample review formats; a checklist, and a list of useful books for further reading.
Jenifer Lord was a Child Placement Consultant for BAAF Southern England. She is also the author of Adopting a Child and The Adoption Process, and is the co-author of Effective Fostering Panels.
Deborah Cullen was the Legal Group Co-ordinator at BAAF. She has authored several articles and books on child care law.
Also Available – Revised and updated new editions of BAAF’s leaflets for panel members:
Thinking of joining an adoption panel?
Thinking of joining a fostering panel?
Attending the adoption panel as a presenting social worker
Prospective adopters attending the adoption panel
A guide to writing panel minutes