The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) inspects and regulates services that care for children and young people as well as services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.
In 2011, the Department of Education published the fostering national minimum standards document, The National Minimum Standards 2011. This document comprehensively details the minimum standards and regulations for children, looked after children, and adoption which along with the Fostering Services Regulations 2011 is the basis of the regulatory framework that regulates and monitors the conduct of fostering services as set out by the Care Standards Act 2000.
Capstone Foster Care is attentive to the need to meet and exceed the minimum standards for fostering services. Embedded in our statement of purpose are the elements involved in safeguarding the environment for children in foster care. We have procedures, resources, and training that help us meet all government minimum standards for foster care. We are attentive to the foster children’s placement needs and our carer training.
Below are excerpts from Ofsted reports on the service we provide.
Capstone in the North of England
“Safety and welfare is central to the agency’s practice. Children and young people feel safe, well cared for, and happy within their placements. One young person said ‘I am really settled here and living with this family is really special. They encourage and support me with everything I do and always want the best for me. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.” (Ofsted 2015)
“Young people make good progress overall at school and college. The agency has two education staff who provide guidance and further support to young people to help them to achieve their educational goals.” (Ofsted 2015)
“Children and young people receive care and support tailored to meet their individual needs.” (Ofsted 2015).
Capstone in the South West of England
“The fostering agency demonstrates an outstanding commitment to supporting young children and young people to make excellent progress and to achieve positive outcomes in their lives. (Ofsted 2014)
“Foster carers are part of the professional team working with the child and they feel valued within this fostering agency.” (Ofsted 2014)
“Children and young people receive excellent, individualised care, designed to best meet each individual’s unique needs. Children and young peoples’ opinions about their care and futures are values and taken into account in how they are looked after by their foster family.” (Ofsted 2014)
Capstone in the Midlands and South East of England
“This fostering agency has an imaginative and established commitment to improving the lives of children” (Ofsted 2012).
“Children and young people thrive and develop in their foster placements. Experienced and well-trained foster carers promote their physical, emotional and social development (Ofsted 2012).
“The agency is managed by a very experienced and highly professional and competent team of individuals” (Ofsted 2012).
“All enquiries from prospective carers are treated fairly and without prejudice. The assessment process focuses on the skills and aptitude of applicants and their capacity to care safely and responsibly and is conducted in a rigorous, yet open and transparent way” (Ofsted 2012).
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