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Barbara

Panel Administrator

I am the Panel Administrator with Children First.

I have been with Children First since January 2000. After such long service it is likely if you have visited or telephoned the office I would have met or spoken with you. In my role as administrator I process DBS Disclosures for foster carers, their families and support network members. I am available to discuss these important checks if you have any queries and am happy to support and assist with IT queries if necessary. I am the lead person on the Agency Database and as a creative person I am equally happy to be creating an excel spreadsheet or an office display to showcase our events throughout the year! As Panel Administrator for the Agency I coordinate the assessments and reports of applicants and their presentation at panel. I thoroughly enjoy the role knowing that the work I do in the background of a fantastic team helps towards making a difference to children's lives. It is very rewarding to speak to a foster carer when they are making that first tentative telephone call and stay by their side whilst they are on their journey liaising with applicants and their assessor through to their attendance for their approval at Panel as a fostering family and then reviewing their progress in the following years. As part of a carers assessment I assist with the compilation of Carers Welcome Books and enjoy making them look attractive and fun to read. My role also includes working with compliance, to ensure that Children First continue to adhere to fostering regulations and National Minimum Standards and work closely with social work colleagues to achieve this. These tasks can involve communicating with foster carers by telephone, email and post. Rover, our Agency Mascot is very dear to me and I try to keep him on his best behaviour. He is happy to accompany Children First Fostering families on outings, holidays or special occasions. The Children First office is a very busy one; the Team here is small but we all work very hard. We are supportive of each other, offering assistance wherever we can. All Team members share the value of “fostering in excellence” .

 

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