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Priory’s fostering service gets the highest Ofsted rating for third time in a row

The Priory Group’s fostering service, which operates across the South West and the West Midlands, is celebrating after being rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for the third time in a row. The service has been rated ‘outstanding’ since 2012.

The agency recruits and supports foster carers in and around Dudley, Coventry, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Sandwell, Solihull, Staffordshire, Telford and Wrekin, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton and Worcestershire.

Tony Brooks, Registered Manager at Priory Fostering Services, said he was “delighted”. “I am thrilled that the inspectors highlighted the success of the partnership between social workers and foster carers. Everyone who is part of our team at Priory Fostering Services, and the foster carers and children who work with us, should be really proud of this remarkable achievement.” 

Priory Fostering Services, part of the Priory Group, was ranked ‘outstanding’ overall and in all assessment categories: “Overall experiences and progress of children and young people”; “How well children and young people are helped and protected”; and “The effectiveness of leaders and managers.” In the inspection report, Ofsted, the education watchdog, said: “Foster carers feel extremely well supported by the agency’s managers and staff.” The inspectors said, “Children make significant and sustained progress while in the care of their foster families. As a result, they are achieving outstanding personal outcomes. Children who historically have had very poor school attendance are now achieving 100% school attendance and doing well academically.” The management team and social workers were described as “ambitious and innovative” by inspectors.

  • Service has been rated ‘outstanding’ since 2012
  • Inspectors said, “Children make significant and sustained progress while in the care of their foster families”
  • Social workers were described as “ambitious and innovative”
  • Many young people stay with their foster carers after their 18th birthday

The inspectors went on to say, “They are motivated to keep learning and developing to improve the lives of the children they care for.” The report praised how well social workers and foster carers work in partnership. Inspectors also highlighted the fact that a large number of young people stay with their foster families after their 18th birthday.“Managers and supervising social workers are proactive and use recent research to drive their practice,” it said.“Managers, social workers and foster carers are highly focused on the needs of the children in their care and prioritise their needs. The agency has excellent systems to quality-assure and monitor its performance. There is an excellent continuity of staff. This is a strength of the agency and results in a high level of consistency for foster carers and children.”

The agency provides support and guidance to foster carers and children throughout the duration of their placement. Priory Fostering Services is managed by Priory Education and Children’s services, part of the renowned Priory Group, the mental healthcare specialists. The agency is based near Malvern, Worcestershire.

Andy Cobley, Chief Operating Officer of Priory Education and Children’s Services, said: “Tony is an outstanding manager who leads an outstanding team which supports a really dedicated and determined group of foster carers. I just want to use this opportunity to thank everyone involved with Priory Fostering Services for their tremendous efforts.”

The Priory Group’s Education and Children’s Services division currently operates 38 education and residential schools and colleges in the UK for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs, Autistic Spectrum Condition and associated conditions.

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