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Fostering in Leeds gets 'good' rating

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Ofsted inspectors praised Leeds City Council’s fostering arrangements as “good” in a new report, but warned its procedure for approving carers was “flawed”.

Overall, however inspectors said that “a significant investment of resources and management input” had resulted in improvements of equal magnitude, and a strong capacity to improve.

Based on a one-day visit last month, inspectors said the city council’s fostering services worked very effectively with health and education services, producing good outcomes for young people.

In terms of Leeds’ “flawed” carer-vetting, inspectors said panels tasked with approving potential fosterers often did not have enough members to make their decisions legitimate.

Click here to read the report

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