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Adoption agencies - constitution of adoption panels Duty

Where a local authority is an Adoption Agency, it may constitute one or more adoption panels, as necessary, to perform the functions of an adoption panel under these Regulations and must appoint the panel members from the persons in the central list including—
(a) a person to chair the panel, being an independent person, who has the skills and experience necessary for chairing an adoption panel, and
(b) one or two persons who may act as chair if the person appointed to chair the panel is absent or that office is vacant (“the vice chairs”).

The adoption agency must ensure that individual members have between them the experience and expertise necessary to effectively discharge the functions of the panel.
09 Feb 2022
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