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17 Jan 2024
09:45 – 16:00

The responsibilities of a Chair can be considerable. Whereas some duties may be clearly outlined in related practice guidance along with the qualities that ensure effective chairing, not all Chair responsibilities are so helpfully detailed or provided.

This open course will explore general planning for and facilitation of panels and complex meetings in the children’s sector.  It will explore time management and group facilitation whilst holding the child at the centre of thinking, recommendations and decision making.  It will enable Chairs of meetings to consider good practice and approaches to effectively managing the flow of information, summarising and the formation of key action plans. 

This open course will provide an opportunity to consider the Chair’s role in enabling and fulfilling quality assurance functions as well as sharing common issues and dilemmas and best practice. 


  • To understand the role and responsibilities in chairing panels and meetings
  • To explore the chairing of complex meetings and enabling effective management of group dynamics
  • To hold the child at the centre of recommendation and decision making processes in meetings and panels
  • To identify the relevant skills and knowledge needed in order to
    effectively chair meetings including adoption and fostering panel meetings.
  • To increase awareness of how panel meeting member’s personal values and histories impact upon the panel and meeting process
  • To share good practice


This open course is designed for team managers, advanced practitioners, lead consultants, senior social workers chairing meetings and Chairs and Vice-Chairs of fostering and permanency panels, or those being considered for these roles. 

On open courses we can accommodate a maximum of four delegates from one organisation only. For a larger group booking, please see the information on commissioned training.

For social workers, reflection on this session may contribute to your continuing professional development (CPD).

Total of 22 places available.


Alison Davis, Associate Trainer, CoramBAAF


Registration 9.45 am*
Start  10.00 am*  
Close  4.00 pm* 

*Times subject to change


Full or associate CoramBAAF member – £125.00 + £25.00 VAT = £150.00
Individual CoramBAAF member – £105.00 + £21.00 VAT = £126.00
Non-member –  £155.00 + £31.00 VAT = £186.00


Telephone 020 7520 0310


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