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Q&A Host September 24, 2019 21:49

Safia also asked:

Do the members focus on different aspects and how do they reconcile these?

Sometimes. Some panel members may have something that they are more likely to see as most pertinent to the recommendation. The different angles and view points all inform the decision to recommend. It is my job as Chair to make sure all these views are taken into account. A recommendation does not have to be unanimous but there must be a majority to give a positive recommendation.

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Q&A Host September 24, 2019 21:51

Do they discuss the case before meeting the people to identify what they need to know and who will ask what?

Another useful question for those about to go to panel Safia.

We read the PARs prior to panel. We meet on the day and go round the table to share strengths and possible vulnerabilities. We then go round the table again and identify questions we might like to ask and I take a view with the panel on the relevance of questions and wording and who to direct them to (e.g. social worker, prospective parent or if it is a couple which one). Some panels ask SWs to come in first on their own and answer some questions and some invite SWs and applicants in together.

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Cycy2019 September 24, 2019 21:52

Good evening, we are going to panel tomorrow! No pressure...Shall we swot or chill this evening? I think I know the answer.

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Q&A Host September 24, 2019 21:56

Hi Cycy2019. Thanks for your question.

Chill! If you can.

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Q&A Host September 24, 2019 21:58

Cycy2019. I hope it goes well for you

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Q&A Host September 24, 2019 22:00

What is their prime objective?

Safia's last question probably should have been the first one I answered.

The panels job is to provide independent scrutiny of the proposal to be approved to adopt. The panel make a recommendation which goes to the agency decision maker who makes the final decision.

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Scott C-R September 24, 2019 22:03

Ooohhhh.... Cycy2019 - good luck.

My advice would be to chill... and I think that given what Caroline said earlier about any questions you have.... I would not go as far as to challenge, but definitely, do relax. They are also human around that table, and are there to ensure the best chances for any child/ren placed with you. Just always remember that. Also, if you have gotten this far, then your agency would not have put you to panel if they did not think that you would be approved.

My disclaimer to that, of course, is that of course, I am not a SW, do not know you etc...!

Let us know how you get on.


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Scott C-R September 24, 2019 22:07

So, that is all of our questions answered this evening on Panels.

Thanks to all that submitted questions, really interesting perspectives and reflections. Good luck to anyone (including Cycy2019) as you approach this stage in your journey.

Adoption UK are here for you - to support and give advice and signposting, therefore, just a reminder to take a look at our exciting and affordable membership package at

Next months Live Q&A will be with Becky, our Education Policy Adviser. Stay tuned for that thread to be created, and for you to post your questions.

And a massive thank you to Caroline for agreeing to be our first Host. It is much appreciated, and we hope that these sessions will go from strength to strength.


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Q&A Host September 24, 2019 22:09

Thanks for having me.

Good luck to all those about to go to panel!


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