Praise for foster services

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CARE provided by East Renfrewshire council’s fostering and adoption services has been given the thumbs up in a recent inspection.

Both services, provided by East Ren’s Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP) were under scrutiny during an unannounced visit by the Care Inspectorate in March.

The teams – fostering, which recruits and supports carer families and adoption, which helps families with the process of taking in a child – were awarded three ‘very good’ and one ‘good’ ratings.

Inspectors noted that both “had a very stable, experienced staff team that provided a very good standard of support and advice to foster carers, applicants going through the assessment process and to adoptive families”.

The inspection documents note very few improvements needed for either service, pointing out administration tasks such as file audits, and suggesting that work could be done on the presentation of evidence gathered from care consultations.

Councillor Alan Lafferty, ERC’s convener for social work and health, said: “The good grades achieved during this latest inspection, and inspections during the last four years shows that we are consistently working to a high standard with our most vulnerable residents and those who support them.

“My congratulations go to everyone involved in this inspection report from the Care Inspectorate. I’m delighted that the inspectors have noted the strengths of the fostering and adoption services”.

The fostering service has, in recent months, issued a call for East Renfrewshire residents interested in becoming carers – in particular those who can take in more than one youngster, in the hope of keeping siblings together.

Speaking at Fostering Fortnight in May this year, Dorothy McGregor — full time mum of four and a foster carer for the last four years — commented: “You need a lot of patience and understanding. Kids come with a lot of baggage. You need to be able to step back and think about why they are doing something.

“It’s great to see them blossom. We have some laughs and really good times with them.

“It’s hard to write a job description, and it’s hard to sum it up and all the skills you need. But they are skills everybody has”.

Councillor Lafferty added: “There’s always a need for more foster carers and adoptive parents in East Renfrewshire.

“If you want to find out more about becoming a foster carer, call 577 3363 or email mary.deward@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk”.