Fostering service gets the highest Ofsted education regulator rating for third time in a row

Aspris Children’s Services’ fostering service, which operates across the South West and the West Midlands, is celebrating after being rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for the third time in a row. The service has been rated ‘Outstanding’ since 2012.

Fostering service gets the highest Ofsted education regulator rating for third time in a row

Aspris Children’s Services’ fostering service, which operates across the South West and the West Midlands, is celebrating after being rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for the third time in a row. The service has been rated ‘Outstanding’ since 2012.

The agency recruits and supports foster carers in and around Dudley, Coventry, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Sandwell, Solihull, Staffordshire, Telford and Wrekin, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton and Worcestershire.

Matthew Davies, Registered Manager at the fostering service, said he was “delighted”. “I am thrilled that the inspectors highlighted the success of the partnership between social workers and foster carers. Everyone who is part of our team at Aspris Fostering Services, and the foster carers and children who work with us, should be really proud of this remarkable achievement.”

The Fostering Services are part of Aspris Children’s Services and were ranked ‘Outstanding’ overall and in all assessment categories: “Overall experiences and progress of children and young people”; “How well children and young people are helped and protected”; and “The effectiveness of leaders and managers.” In the inspection report, Ofsted, the education watchdog, said: “Foster carers feel extremely well supported by the agency’s managers and staff.” The inspectors said, “Children make significant and sustained progress while in the care of their foster families. As a result, they are achieving outstanding personal outcomes. Children who historically have had very poor school attendance are now achieving 100% school attendance and doing well academically.”

The management team and social workers were described as “ambitious and innovative” by inspectors.

  • Service has been rated ‘Outstanding’ since 2012
  • Inspectors said, “Children make significant and sustained progress while in the care of their foster families”
  • Social workers were described as “ambitious and innovative”
  • Many young people stay with their foster carers after their 18th birthday

The inspectors went on to say, “They are motivated to keep learning and developing to improve the lives of the children they care for.” The report praised how well social workers and foster carers work in partnership. Inspectors also highlighted the fact that a large number of young people stay with their foster families after their 18th birthday. “Managers and supervising social workers are proactive and use recent research to drive their practice,” it said. “Managers, social workers and foster carers are highly focused on the needs of the children in their care and prioritise their needs. The agency has excellent systems to quality-assure and monitor its performance. There is an excellent continuity of staff. This is a strength of the agency and results in a high level of consistency for foster carers and children.”

The agency provides support and guidance to foster carers and children throughout the duration of their placement. Aspris Fostering Services is managed by Aspris Children’s Services. The agency is based near Malvern, Worcestershire.

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