Ofsted gives ‘Outstanding’ rating to H&F Children’s Services team

Hammersmith & Fulham’s Children’s Services has been rated as Outstanding by Ofsted in a report published on Thursday (16 May).

Young carers at Young Carers Club

In a letter to the children and young people of the borough, Yvette Stanley, Ofsted’s National Director Regulation and Social Care, said: “The senior leaders and the politicians who run the council really care about you and they work well together to make Hammersmith & Fulham a great place to live.”

Our dedicated, hardworking children’s teams support the borough’s young carers, residents in foster care and their foster carers, cared for children and care experienced young people, unaccompanied minors, and families with children who need extra support at home and with their day-to-day routines.

Cllr Alex Sanderson, H&F Cabinet Member for Children and Education, commented on its vital work:

Hammersmith & Fulham is a borough for everyone and at our heart is a mission to improve and change the lives of our youngest residents. Giving them the very best start in life so that they can thrive, enjoy life and help us build a better future. Ofsted has confirmed that we are doing just that.”

Glenna, a foster carer who supports unaccompanied minors and asylum seekers in H&F, added: “Having an Outstanding rating validates the work that’s been done and the work that will carry on being done.”

You can read the full report here (PDF, 214KB).

Cllr Sanderson (second from right) stands with members of H&F's Children's Services

Raising standards

The recognition comes after Ofsted inspected the service in March. The new rating is an improvement on our previous ‘Good’ result. 

The report found that: “Children living in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham receive excellent services. Since the last inspection, highly effective and committed leaders have continued to make improvements.”

The department works for the safety, wellbeing and future of children before they’re born, through to the age of 25.

The Ofsted inspectors assessed our Children’s Services on its overall effectiveness, the experience and progress of care leavers, children in care and children who need help and protection, and the impact of leaders on social work practice.

To hear more about the work of the team watch our video here on YouTube. 

Watch our “Outstanding” Ofsted video on YouTube.

Join the team

H&F’s work is made possible thanks to the care and support of local partners, including our dedicated foster carers.

H&F is always on the lookout for residents interested in joining our foster carer team. Whether seeking to care for teens, only foster short term placements, or are just interested in how you can help H&F’s youngest residents, there’s a role suitable for everyone.

To learn more about fostering, online information sessions are available here or get in contact with our fostering team at info@fosteringsharedservices.org.uk or call on 020 8753 1057.

Local children get involved in a cooking demonstration at Family Hub Old Oak Community Centre

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