Fostering and Adoption services gain ‘very good’ Care Inspectorate report

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INSPECTIONS UNDERTAKEN ON Moray Council’s fostering and adoption services along with supported lodgings for young adults have been rated as ‘very good’.

The recent joint inspection of fostering and adoption services was undertaken by the Care Inspectorate – who praised the recruitment and support of prospective adopters, the training of foster carers and the confident of staff in providing practical and emotional support to foster carers, children and young people.

Also highlighted was the commitment of staff in providing the best possible service –the report also cited areas of improvement including boosting staff morale and providing meaningful supervision for staff.

However, inspectors concluded that there was a ‘very good quality of service to people wishing to adopt children’, with ‘very good practice’ being maintained by staff and managers within the fostering service.

The supported lodgings service provides placements for young adults who have been ‘Looked After Children’, to help 16-21 year-olds move from a care setting into a supportive environment to prepare for independent living in the future.

The Care Inspectorate noted in their inspection report that the commitment from staff to provide a good service to carers and young people in these lodgings was ‘unequivocal’, that carers spoke highly of the quality of the training they received, and young people were happy with the support they were receiving.

Chair of Moray Council’s Children and Young Peoples’ Services Committee, Councillor Tim Eagle, paid tribute to the hard work of all staff within the services.

He said: “We’re very lucky to have such committed staff working in fostering, adoption and supported lodgings within the council – all credit goes to them for securing such positive inspection reports, which I know are well-deserved.

“There are already plans in place for the improvements which the Care Inspectorate identified, and we’ll work with staff to make sure these are put in place.”