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Priory Fostering Services receives Ofsted praise...

Priory Fostering Services has been judged "outstanding" by Ofsted following a recent inspection.

The team at Priory Fostering Services in Malvern is delighted to have been awarded the prestigious "outstanding" rating. Staff, foster carers and children were all heavily involved in preparing for and participating in the inspection. The inspector also interviewed many external professionals associated with the agency and their feedback was excellent.

The report highlights the outstanding outcomes achieved for the children and young people stating that ‘the high quality support from family support workers and supervising social workers ensures children and young people in their care achieve excellent outcomes.’

Ofsted noted that "the fostering agency is very well managed and highly effective" and "children and young people live in well-matched, stable placements". It also observed that "children and young people receive an outstanding level of individual care". The quality of support given to young people approaching adulthood is described as "exceptional" and the report notes that ‘the particular strength of the agency is the outstanding, on-going support, advice and guidance offered by staff.’ One young person commented "this was my third mother and baby placement in fostering and by far the best one. They have been very supportive. They helped and encouraged me to be more independent and ready to move on. Even though I no longer live with them anymore I know they are only on the end of the phone if I need them".

Tony Brooks, Head of Fostering said: "We are absolutely delighted that Ofsted has given this independent verification of the quality of our service. This is testament to the hard work of the whole team.

"The Malvern based agency fully involves both young people and foster carers in the development of the service. Carers and children receive excellent support, which is essential in keeping placements stable, which is vital to ensure progress and positive outcomes."

Priory Fostering Services provides a wide range of short and long term foster placements, including adolescents, sibling groups, parent and child placements and children with complex needs.

For more details on Priory Education and Children's Services, please call 0118 970 8068 or click here to make an enquiry.