Fostering People Scotland rated as 'Very Good' by Care Inspectorate in their latest inspection.
The Care Inspectorate have awarded Fostering People a 'Very Good' rating in their latest inspection, saying “Children and young people experienced warm, compassionate care from caregivers who were dedicated to ensuring that they were safe, valued, and respected within their family and community.”
The Care Inspectorate has praised Fostering People Scotland for providing children with high quality individualised care and support.
Fostering People provides short-break, emergency, long-term and short-term foster care, and achieved a ‘Very Good’ rating.
The agency supports 38 children, with 35 fostering families providing care at the time of inspection.
The report said children and young people were safe, happy and achieving positive outcomes with fostering people.
It also said: “Children and young people experienced warm, compassionate care from caregivers who were dedicated to ensuring that they were safe, valued, and respected within their family and community.”
Fostering People was praised by inspectors for having ‘a clear plan in relation to fulfilling the aims detailed in "Keeping the Promise" with significant and beneficial outcomes already in evidence.
The agency is dedicated to upholding the ‘The Promise’, an initiative informed by care-experienced people through leading projects to drive change and supporting other organisations to make the changes they need to keep the promise.
Children, young people, and their caregivers commented positively about Fostering People during the inspection, with an older young person commenting: “Fostering People have been amazing, they were so inclusive; they involved all of us in everything irrespective of our age and stage and it was good to have so many opportunities.”
Another child said: “I like staying here with my carers, because they make me feel happy and safe."
Donna and David are foster carers with Fostering People, they said: “It is fantastic. Everyone knows your and your family. It’s a great team to be a part of and everyone is always friendly and helpful.”
Cassie Yeaman, registered manager at Fostering People Scotland, said: “We are very happy with our inspection result and are proud of the team for their dedication and consistent hard work.
“We also acknowledge that we need to continue to maintain standards and improve the quality of our service where possible, so our next challenge will be to build on this. We already have plans in place to ensure we deliver the best possible support to children and young people.
“We are committed to doing all we can to #KeepThePromise for children and young people in Scotland.
“We would love more people across the country to consider a career in fostering, to make an incredible difference to Scotland’s children.”
According to charity The Fostering Network, 4,750 children were living with foster families last year, with approximately only 3,415 foster families in Scotland.
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