11:45 Friday 11 January 2013

Foster service praised by education watchdogs

Written byBY HELEN KREFT

Ivan Ould Ivan Ould

WORK to place vulnerable children in secure and loving foster homes has been praised by education watchdogs.

A new report published today shows that Ofsted inspectors has rated Leicestershire County Council’s service as ‘good’. This is the second highest grade and one better than the previous inspection outcome five years ago.

Ofsted describes the service as ‘high quality’ and says that children and young people make real progress in terms of their physical, emotional and mental health. They also receive support and advice to help them make the transition into adulthood.

Inspectors also praised improvements made including a re-shape of the service.

Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for children and young people, said: “I’m pleased that this report commends the quality of our fostering service and recognises the difference it is making to the lives of vulnerable children.

“Although challenging, fostering simply transforms lives and I’d encourage anyone who is interested in the role to pick up the phone and find out more.”

The council is already taking steps to address areas identified for development which include increasing take-up of foster carer training and embedding new procedures and practices.

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