Report Shows Inprovement In Fostering Services

Worcestershire County Council has continued to improve its fostering services, according to a new report by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI).

The CSCI carried out its second review of the county council’s fostering system in just ten months after it visited in November last year, and inspectors have found none of the areas looked at fail to meet the required standard.

Julie Elliot, service development manager for Looked After and Adopted Children, said: “We consider that this report accurately reflects the improvements in delivery we’ve made since the last inspection. We’re pleased with the improvement noted and we feel we’re well placed for further improvements. To that end, the areas identified for action are addressed in the action plan we’re presenting to cabinet for endorsement.”

CSCI said that the county council’s strengths included foster carer’s help and support with children’s education, good contact arrangements with friends and family and checks and assessments on foster carers.

Areas noted for further improvement include recording how young people in foster care will be supported, and ensuring carers have all the information they need to look after the children properly.