Fostering panel | Oxfordshire County Council

Fostering panel

All applications to foster have to be recommended for approval by Oxfordshire's fostering panel

The fostering panel meet to make recommendations of the approval of prospective foster carers. This recommendation is passed to the Agency Decision Maker. The panel see a report that is put together as a result of your assessment. It is made up from a minimum of five members but sometimes there may be more. The members include:

  • the independent chair
  • a panel advisor
  • representatives from the children's services
  • an elected councillor
  • independent members with experience of fostering or working with children

Attending a meeting

You will be invited to go along with the social worker who carried out your assessment. It gives you the chance to meet the people who will be making the recommendation and to be part of the decision process. If you wish you can take someone along with you too.

Each case takes up to one hour, but you will only be sat with the panel for around 20 minutes.

On the day

First of all the panel discuss your case and then you are invited to join the panel. The members will then introduce themselves and then ask your social worker and you some questions. This is to help the panel consider if you are suited to the role of fostering and that the children will be well looked after. You can also make any further comments before the panel makes its recommendations.

Where is the panel held?

Panel is normally held at Nash Court, 4440, John Smith Drive, Oxford Business Park South, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 2RU.

What if the panel turn my application down?

We always aim to resolve any issues that would result in you not being recommended to foster during your assessment.  However, if for any reason the panel chose not to recommend, you will be advised of the reason and would be able to discuss this with your social worker who will advise you of the next steps.

What if I know one of the panel members?

All panel members have signed a confidentiality agreement, which means they will not discuss any information they read outside of the panel.

The panel aims to make this experience as friendly as possible and encourage your feedback to make improvements.

Last reviewed
31 October 2017
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