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Care for foster children 'outstanding' and 'innovative' 26.01.11

Children fostered in Sutton receive "excellent chances to reach their full potential" according to an official Ofsted inspection.

The overall service managed by the council has been rated as good with outstanding features, with training; listening to the views of young people, carers and staff described as 'outstanding' and 'innovative'.

The report found that the high level of support foster carers receive allows them to care for young people well and ensure their needs are met.

Placements were found to be successful as a result of finding well matched families where diversity is valued and the particular interests of children encouraged.

The environment provided in foster homes actively encourages education and learning. This is further enhanced by a yearly allowance, which can be used according to specific interests such as extra tuition fees, lessons or sports equipment.

Young people are also able to air their views and be involved in and influence council decisions about their care. Some young people are training to be part of the Youth Panel and be involved in the selection of foster carers.

Cllr Dave Callaghan, Executive Member for Children, Families and Youth Services, said: "We want the very best for children in our care and are thrilled that this has been recognised in the Ofsted inspection.

"All young people deserve the right to a loving, caring family life in which they are encouraged to reach their full potential.

"I am hugely grateful to both the foster carers and staff managing the service for taking care of our children so well."

Sutton council continues to need new foster carers. Anyone interested in finding out more about fostering children can attend an information evening on 15 February or contact Kate Giles on 020 8770 6672 for further information.

Last updated: Monday, 14 February 2011

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