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Preston’s Caritas Care rated exceptional in latest Ofsted report

The team has been awarded three times in a row by Outstanding

Caritas Care has been rated exceptional in its last three Ofsted inspections in 2014, 2017 and 2022.


Caritas Care finds families for the children. There is a priority group of children who are waiting longer to find a family they can call their own. These children are currently waiting about 18 months to be adopted and Caritas Care wants to reduce this wait in order to find these children more quickly at home forever.

Ofsted praised the overall experiences and progress of children and young people placed with the agency’s adopters and the effectiveness of their leaders and managers.

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They said, “Prospective adopters feel valued and welcomed from their first contact with this agency.

“The agency is inclusive and potential adopters will be welcomed regardless of ethnicity, religion, marital status or sexual orientation.

“Prospective adopters feel exceptionally well supported throughout their assessment. Thorough, high-quality analytical assessments demonstrate candidates’ skills in meeting children’s needs.

“A particular strength of the agency is their successful matching of children with complex needs. This qualified match means that the vast majority of placements result in an adoption order being made. The agency’s disruption rate is extremely low.

“The children’s health, education and emotional needs are met by their families and the agency, who work closely with other professionals. As a result, children thrive.

“The Responsible Person and Adoption Manager have extensive adoption experience. They are dynamic and enthusiastic leaders.

Kath Burton, registered director of the adoption service, said: “We are delighted with this report. The team have worked so hard in particularly difficult times to maintain our high standards of support and have shown true dedication to all of our adopters and the children placed with them.

“Receiving recognition from Ofsted that our service is outstanding for the third time running is a testament to the fantastic work we all do to ensure the best possible outcomes for adopted children and the high level of support we provide to each of our adopters.

“I am so proud of every member of our team who has shown nothing but dedication and commitment over the past two years. They all fully deserve this result.

“Among these children waiting, 44% are brothers and sisters; 26% are over 4 years old; 18% come from different faiths, cultures and origins; and 4% have additional needs. These are the children who wait the longest and these are the children who will be our priority to find the right families in 2022.”

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Everyone is welcome at Caritas Care and when it comes to the adoption process, everyone is treated equally and with respect, regardless of background.

There are many myths around adoption, so they strongly encourage people to investigate thoroughly and gather as much information as possible.

Caritas Care would also like to take this opportunity to urge prospective adopters to consider speaking to voluntary agencies as well as their local authority when considering an adoption. It is important to do some research before making this life-changing and life-changing decision.

Susan Swarbrick, CEO of Caritas Care, said: “Many people still believe that only their local authority can provide adoption services and support, but that is simply not the case.

“We want potential adopters to know they have a choice and can choose the agency that best matches their needs and values.

“You can ‘shop around’ to make sure you get all your questions answered and get an idea of ​​the choice of adoption agencies. It’s important to find an agency you feel comfortable with, so you may need to talk to a few to find one that’s right for you.

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