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The Looked After Children (Scotland) Regulations 2009

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Functions of the fostering panel

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20.—(1) The fostering panel must consider the case of every foster carer and prospective foster carer referred to it by the local authority.

(2) The fostering panel must make recommendations on the following matters:–

(a)whether a prospective foster carer is suitable or continues to be suitable to be a foster carer;

(b)whether a prospective foster carer would be a suitable foster carer for–

(i)a particular child or children;

(ii)any child; or

(iii)certain categories of child;

(c)the maximum number of children a particular foster carer may have in their care at any one time.

(3) Before making a recommendation under paragraph (2) the fostering panel must give the prospective foster carer the opportunity to meet with the foster panel to discuss the matter.

(4) In carrying out its functions the fostering panel must have regard to–

(a)the duties imposed on the local authority by section 17(1) of the 1995 Act;

(b)all the information and reports passed to it.

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