Fostering service in East Sussex gets thumbs up from Ofsted

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THE Fostering Service in East Sussex has been given a glowing report by Government inspectors who concluded that the service is “outstanding”.

The service, run by East Sussex County Council, received the top grade across all areas put under the microscope by Ofsted. The news has been welcomed by Cllr Colin Belsey, the council’s Lead Member for Children and Families.

He said: “This is an exceptionally good inspection result and it’s hard to imagine a more glowing or positive report from the inspectors.

“Everyone involved in the service, whether that be the young people who are looked after, their carers, or the staff working to support them, should be extremely proud of this result.”

The council’s fostering service is responsible for the recruitment, assessment, supervision, support and training of foster carers who look after approximately 520 young people in care.

All areas of the service’s work were subjected to scrutiny in the latest inspection and, in all respects, the outcome was that the service was outstanding.

The service was judged against various criteria including: how it helps children in care to be healthy; how it ensures young people stay safe from harm; how well they achieve and enjoy what they do; how the young people are helped to make a positive contribution; how they are helped to prepare for adulthood; how carers are supported and trained; and how the service is organised and managed.

In the report the inspector praised all concerned. She said: “The young people make excellent progress in all areas of their lives. They are provided with excellent support which helps them to thrive in nurturing and safe environments.”

The East Sussex Fostering Service is currently looking for new carers and has just launched a series of recruitment information events.

A range of options is available for carers and members of the team would be pleased to talk to anyone who feels they might be interested.

For more information including contact details call 01323 747407 or visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/fostering