Outstanding: Lambeth Council’s fostering service given top marks in Ofsted report


Children in foster care across the borough are well looked after and feel safe.


By SWLondoner staff

Children in foster care in Lambeth are kept safe, have good relationships with their carers, and do well in school, according to government findings released this month.

Lambeth Council was given the top grade of ‘Outstanding’ for the way that young people are looked after by its fostering services across the borough, and noted for its continuity of care which supports young people’s emotional development.

Cllr Rachel Heywood Lambeth Council Cabinet member for Children and Families said:

“The positive comments from the Ofsted inspectors are testimony to all the hard work our fostering service puts in to ensure that children are looked after in families that can offer them the best possible care.  The key focus of our service is the drive to find the most appropriate placement for every individual child.

“We have several hundred children in our care at Lambeth. They all deserve the chance to grow up in a loving and secure home and this government report confirms that this is what we are giving them.”

The council added that they were always looking to recruit more foster carer from all backgrounds in order to continue to deliver the best possible service for children and families.

Debbie Jones, Exexcutive Director for Children and Young People’s Service, said the report highlights the council’s high standards.

“Choosing to become a foster carer is not a decision to be taken lightly and it’s vital that we ensure that we recruit the best possible people within our communities. We then need to make sure that we can give them excellent support to care for our children, many of whom will have had very difficult early experiences.”

Anyone interested in fostering who believes they could offer a child from Lambeth a loving home should vist the council website. 

Picture courtesy of mwphilips75, with thanks. 

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