Stage 3 Review Panel – Independent Panellist
What is an Independent Panellist?
An Avocet Independent Panellist sits on a Review Panel convened when a complainant is dissatisfied with the Local Authority’s response to the finding of the Stage 2 investigation report. The Review Panel consists of a Chair and two other people appointed by the Local Authority.
When is an Independent Panellist necessary?
If a complainant is dissatisfied with the Stage 2 process they are eligible to request further consideration of the complaint by a Review Panel.
All Review Panel members must be independent not members of Local Authority staff.
What is the process?
Once an Avocet Independent Panellist has been appointed by a Local Authority they will be provided with all the documentation relevant to the complaint and they will read the paperwork in advance of the panel.
The Avocet Independent Panellist will attend the whole panel meeting, supporting the Chair in the decision making process.
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