‘Very good’ report for foster system in Dumfries & Galloway

Dumfries & Galloway Council’s fostering service has come up trumps again with a top grading by the Care Inspectorate.

Its fostering and kinship has been rated “very good” but the local authority has been asked to make sure agreements are in place for all children living with foster carers in future. As of December 31, there were no children waiting for a placement in the region.

Chairman of Social Work Services, Councillor Andy Ferguson, said: “In recent times, our fostering and kinship service has been exceptionally consistent in receiving very good reports from the Care Inspectorate. This gives the foster and kinship carers and those in care confidence in the services they receive.

“No children were waiting for a foster care placement at the end of December. This is an impressive performance.”

The inspectorate picked out a number of areas where the service performed well and gave the quality of care, of staffing and of management and leadership a mark of five – translating as very good.

The inspector took into account the views of foster carers, social workers and young people in foster care during the inspection.