Foster team’s praise for outstanding work

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The team responsible for co-ordinating fostering in the Isle of Axholme has been given a glowing report by official inspectors.

The Government body Ofsted inspected the North Lincolnshire Fostering Team and judged it to be ‘outstanding’ – the highest grading available - in five key areas.

The team’s overall effectiveness, outcomes for young people, quality of service provision, safeguarding children and young people, and leadership and management, were all marked outstanding.

And young people were found to be kept safe through a ‘robust and proactive approach’ towards safeguarding.

Coun Rob Waltham, cabinet member for people at North Lincolnshire praised foster parents for their care as well as council workers for helping to achieve top marks.

He said: “Our employees work really hard to recruit foster carers to ensure young people have a loving and caring home. Our foster cares do a tremendous job in meeting that need and giving young people the chances in life they would not otherwise get.

“We are committed to providing an excellent fostering service. Inspectors rated our service as outstanding in all five categories – the highest score and what a fantastic achievement.

The last time North Lincolnshire Council’s fostering team was inspected was in June 2009, when it was judge to be ‘satisfactory’ - the third highest rating.

Papers presented to the council’s cabinet said Ofsted inspectors found: “Rigorous systems for checking the suitability of foster carers and staff were found to be in place and the arrangements for supervising and supporting carers were viewed as excellent.”

It went on: “It was found foster carers are valued and feel supported as part of the team working with individual children and young people through being fully involved in the service development.”

Cabinet was told Ofsted found young people were at the ‘centre of everything’ in the service does and there were ‘excellent arrangements’ in place.

It said: “The participation of young people in the decisions that are made about their own care and in the development of the service was found to be very good.”

Inspectors visited the fostering team in July.

Children and young people in care, foster carers, front line managers and senior staff were all interviewed as part of the process and records, including those for foster carer training, were examined.

This latest inspection found all recommendations made at the last inspection had been fully addressed.

It concluded the improvements had resulted in ‘outcomes for children and young people being greatly improved’.

To foster a child call fostering services on 01724 297024.