Wednesday, 15 August 2012

High Praise For Cambridgeshire's Fostering Service

Cambridgeshire's fostering service provides a good service to looked after children and foster carers, according to Government inspectors.

OfSTED - the Office for Standards in Education - said the service was effective in ensuring that the right type of fostering placement was found as quickly as possible for children in need of foster care.

Inspectors highlighted placement stability as a significant contributor to these good outcomes. Rates of disruption are low, and have continued to fall since the last inspection, they added.

The report included a range of positive comments from looked after children, with one describing his foster carer as 'the best carer in the world'. It also found that looked after children are 'treated like one of the family' and that they 'feel safe and are safe'.

Leadership and management were also praised for demonstrating a clear vision and ambition for children and young people who are fostered. "They listen to children and young people and consult regularly with them," said inspectors.

The service received further praise for the very high quality support and supervision it offers to foster carers, adding that Cambridgeshire's carers were 'unequivocal' about the support they receive.

Local Bar Hill Parish Councillor Andy Pellew said: "It's fantastic that the County Council has received such a good report from OfSTED, it's a tribute to the hard work of the many people involved in the Fostering Service."