Priory’s fostering services which operates throughout the West Midlands has been rated “outstanding” by Ofsted, the independent watchdog. The service helps find long or short-term placements, and currently looks after 65 children and young people.
- Young people “flourish” and feel valued, official report says
- Majority make “outstanding” progress
- Recruitment of foster carers is “strategic and well-researched”
- Satisfaction and motivation of staff is “high”
Inspectors said the majority of young people were making “significant” progress and achieving “outstanding” personal outcomes.
“This is particularly impressive as some of the young people who are now settled have previously experienced a high number of placement breakdowns and changes,” their report says.
Inspectors added: “Young people are listened to, are safe and form fulfilling long-term relationships. They flourish. They develop a strong sense of identity and are active participants in community-based clubs such as cubs, dance, sea cadets and swimming.”
“The majority of young people have outstanding school attendance and personal educational outcomes. Young people feel valued because their opinions are acted upon and their ideas celebrated.”
The report goes on to praise the fostering service, for the relationships it has built with its foster carers.
“All foster carers speak highly of the managers and staff team who provide reassuring and practical support. Some, who have moved from other agencies, state the only reason they remain fostering, and have sustained their long-term placements, is because of the ‘compassionate insight’ and ‘significant input’ that has been afforded to them and their families.”
Ofsted said foster carers enjoyed being with young people, and the management team was proactively involved in every aspect of the care.
“A foster carer commented ‘They are the best agency for support. Other agencies are not a patch on them. They facilitate solutions. Everything is dealt with quickly and fairly'.”
Inspectors said there had been some “exceptional outcomes” for children whose future success was enhanced by their increased achievements. “They successfully progress and surpass personal goals and aspirations.”
Tony Brooks, former head of Aspris Fostering, said: “We are delighted with this report, which is testament to the teamwork of Aspris Fostering Services, our foster carers and the extraordinary young people they care for. We all work together to achieve the best possible results and I am proud of everyone.”
“It is a privilege to work with children and young people, and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure they have exceptional and fulfilling lives.”
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