Consistently Outstanding since 2013

Fostering People Celebrates a forth 'Outstanding' Ofsted Result

Fostering People has once again been rated as an Outstanding fostering provider in all areas for a forth time, meaning Fostering People has been delivering consistently high quality support to foster parents and children for over a decade.

September 1 2023 - 4 min read

Fostering People has been rated ‘Outstanding’ for a fourth consecutive time following our most recent Ofsted inspection.

The latest result is a huge achievement for us having achieved ‘Outstanding’ in all areas with no recommendations or requirements for the last 10 years!

At the time of the inspection, there are 331 independent fostering agencies in the UK, and Fostering People are one of only four other agencies to achieve this status.

Ofsted praised Fostering People for providing children with ‘high quality individualised care and support.’

The Ofsted report specifically commended foster parents for changing children’s lives and said: “Foster parents are knowledgeable, compassionate, highly motivated and absolutely dedicated to the children they care for.

“Foster parents are so skilled that they can support children though the most difficult times and come through having developed stronger relationships.”

Fostering People was commended in the report for the support they give to their foster parents.

Ofsted said: “The ongoing support provided for foster parents ensures that each placement match is given the best possible chance to succeed.

“Careful matching and consistent support mean that placements are successful overall. There are relatively low numbers of unplanned endings, given the size of the service. In many instances foster parents have said that they have been able to continue to care for children even in the most difficult of circumstances due to the amazing support they receive from the agency.”

Emily and Hayley are foster carers with Fostering People who moved to the organisation from other agencies, they said: “We are well supported, which means that we don’t need to worry about anything really. Even whilst we were with our previous agency, we could still contact Fostering People if we had any issues.”

Ofsted’s report said: “All staff are confident and motivated to do their best for children.”

They added: “Leaders and managers are motivated, confident and ambitious for children. They work closely with the social work teams and foster parents alike. They apply family values across the organisation.

“Their knowledge of the children is exceptional and they have excellent oversight of children’s progress.”

Our registered manager, Oliver Kirkland said: “We’re so pleased to have achieved Outstanding in our Ofsted inspection which is a credit to our amazing young people and foster parents, it means even more that this is now our fourth in a row.

As we get inspected approximately every four years, this means that we have been officially outstanding for more than a decade.

Our long-standing team is unwaveringly dedicated to providing positive outcomes for the children we support, and we can’t wait to see what else we can achieve together.”

Fostering People was assessed in June, and supports children and young people across 5 regions of England who are in need of a loving home.

There are currently more than 80,000 children in care in the UK and more foster parents are urgently needed to help look after these children.  If you'd like to find out more about fostering, just complete the short form below and our friendly team will get in touch with you to tell you more.

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