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BRIGHTON & HOVE FOSTERING SERVICE COMMENDED

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Brighton & Hove City Council's fostering service has been praised by government ...
Brighton & Hove City Council's fostering service has been praised by government

inspectors following a five-day inspection.

The National Care Standards Commission gave their highest rating to many

aspects of the service, including.

- Management of the service

- communication between managers, staff and carers

- recruitment and support strategies for carers

- respecting the rights of looked after children and seeking their

opinions on issues relating to their care

- health care for looked after children

- financial allowances and expenses for carers

- the work of the city's fostering panel, which makes decisions on

approving carers and matching carers with looked after children

Children and families councillor Pat Hawkes said: 'I'm delighted that so

many aspects of our fostering work have been commended. But we can never

rest on our laurels in such an important area.

'In the coming year we'll be looking to recruit more foster carers willing

to look after sibling groups, and carers from Black and ethnic minorities.

'And we'll also be focusing our energies on improving support networks for

children among their families and friends.'

Inspection of Children's Services, Brighton and Hove City Council (January 2004) is available here.

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