Yvette Stanley, Ofsted’s National Director for Regulation and Social Care, recently gave her thoughts on the role that foster carers have played in the last year.

Ofsted paused it’s inspections of foster carers during lockdown but when they restarted Yvette said “We soon saw rich evidence of sensitive, committed care to fostered children.”

She went on to say “Step forward, all those carers who have gone the extra mile to ensure that children could keep in touch with their families and friends (virtually or otherwise). Bravo to all who have worked tirelessly and creatively to keep children entertained during the long hours of lockdown. Thank you to the many who have turned their talents to home education, working closely with social workers and headteachers of virtual schools to make sure that children did not miss too much of their learning. Kudos to those carers who, in pre-pandemic times, may have described themselves as ‘digitally challenged’ but have since embraced technology to empower and support children.”

We wholeheartedly agree. We have much respect and gratitude to everyone who has kept going during the pandemic and really made a difference to the lives of children through fostering.

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