Adoption Focus is delighted to announce that following an Ofsted inspection in February 2018, we have once again been rated as an 'Outstanding' adoption agency.

This is the third consecutive time that we have received the highest possible rating, having also been adjudged as 'Outstanding' on the other two occasions we have been inspected.

The Ofsted report stated that Adoption Focus "provides highly effective services that consistently exceed the standards of good" and that our actions "contribute to significantly improved outcomes and positive experiences for children and young people".

Following the publication of the report, Adoption Focus CEO Anna Sharkey said:

"We are extremely proud to have retained our ‘Outstanding’ rating with Ofsted. At Adoption Focus we have a truly amazing team, working together to get our service right for our adopters and their children. It’s very pleasing to have our agency’s hard work and commitment recognised by Ofsted with our third, consecutive ‘Outstanding’ rating."

Ofsted report key findings

Other key findings from the inspection which Ofsted identified as contributing towards the 'Outstanding' rating included the following:

  • There is an exceptional range of training and workshops available to adopters through the agency’s ‘nurture the journey’ programme.
  • Adopters are offered extensive adoption support that makes a significant difference to children’s lives.
  • Children build trusted and secure relationships with their adoptive parents and make significant progress in a relatively short time.
  • Social work staff are highly skilled. They have developed expertise in many different areas of practice. As a result, they are able to provide services to adopters and their families above and beyond what is normally expected.
  • The agency uses research to inform and understand the behaviours and responses of children to trauma, loss and attachment.
  • The management team has a wealth of experience, and is ambitious, with high expectations for children.
  • There are vigorous systems of reporting to the board of trustees that ensure clear governance and a continual drive for improvement.
  • The agency works exceptionally well in partnership with other professionals. Social work staff offer presentations to schools to help teachers to understand the trauma faced by adopted children.

Congratulations to the whole Adoption  Focus team for being acknowledged in this way once again.

You can read the full Ofsted Report for Adoption Focus here or download it here (PDF, 160KB).

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