THURROCK Council’s fostering team has impressed Ofsted inspectors, securing a “Good” rating after an inspection in March.
The council’s portfolio holder for children’s services, Cllr Oliver Gerrish, said: “We were extremely pleased to receive this rating for our overall effectiveness, as well as for outcomes for young people, quality of service and safeguarding.
“This is an improvement on our Satisfactory rating when we were last inspected in 2008.”
And the Ofsted report itself states: “Children and young people are placed without avoidable delay with foster carers who can meet their needs. Quality support is provided to sustain placements.
“Children and young people make good progress in relation to their starting points across all aspects of their welfare, health and education and there are effective arrangements in place to support this.
“Children and young people have positive views about the quality of their care and their relationships with foster carers.”
It adds that children are “placed without avoidable delay” and that “quality support is provided to sustain placements”. It says “children and young people make good progress in relation to their starting points across all aspects of their welfare, health and education and there are effective arrangements in place to support this” and that those fostered “have positive views” about the quality of their care.
Cllr Gerrish said: “The inspectors quite reasonably identified some areas in which we need to develop.
“We welcome the recommendations and are already working on improving these areas.
“But overall the report recognises the passion of our foster carers and our staff and their determination to provide ‘the best possible care’ for children in their care.”
He added: “The council recognises the huge contribution our foster carers make to children unable to live with their own families.
“However we also know we need more and we are seeking to recruit new locally-based foster carers on a regular basis.”
An open evening for anyone interested in hearing more about becoming a foster carer for Thurrock Council will be held at Orsett Hall starting at 7pm on Wednesday, May 22 – to coincide with National Fostering fortnight.