18:12 Tuesday 19 February 2013

Boost for fostering service after outstanding result


THE standard of foster care in the region has been hailed after Staffordshire’s service received an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted.

The watchdog awarded the county’s service the highest accolade possible following a recent inspection and the county council is hopeful the result will encourage much-needed foster carers to come forward.

While the service may have been hailed as a roaring success, the council has spoken out about the current problem it is facing in getting foster parents to come forward.

Mike Lawrence, cabinet member for children’s wellbeing at Staffordshire County Council, said: “I’m delighted that the service has been recognised by Ofsted for the fantastic and hugely valuable work it does and everyone involved should be exceptionally proud of this result.

“Foster carers make a huge difference to the lives of our most vulnerable children.

“I hope our outstanding rating gives potential foster families the confidence and reassurance to join us to make a real difference.”

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