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Family Futures rated Outstanding by Ofsted, 2018

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“A nationally recognised centre of excellence for therapeutic adoption and adoption support services”

Family Futures has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted (August 2018) for the third time in a row and under the new, more robust Ofsted inspection framework. Ofsted recognised that:

“The agency is a nationally recognised centre of excellence for therapeutic adoption and adoption support services which address the damage caused by early developmental trauma. The agency has developed its own highly effective therapeutic model over many years, which has been externally evaluated.”

“Children and their families receive holistic care of exceptional quality, which results in excellent experiences, outcomes and progress.”

Read Ofsted’s 2018 report here

Alan Burnell, Family Futures’ Registered Manager, comments on our Outstanding Ofsted rating, 2018:

Modelling a better future for families   

If 20 years of helping families heal is a crowning achievement, then the jewels in our crown are this summer’s Ofsted inspection and our recent round of research. We are very proud that for the third inspection in a row and under the new, more robust Ofsted inspection framework we once again have been judged as Outstanding. One of the criteria of the inspection framework is ‘how well children, young people and adults are helped and protected’. This was judged to be Outstanding. The inspectors reached this conclusion in part because of our research programme.

Simply put, our research is based on testing children before and after treatment. The published research shows significant positive change across the board for the children in the treatment programme. Our most recent piece of research, which is about to be published, looks at children we assessed but for whom there was no funding for a treatment programme. The outcomes for these children were deeply depressing as their difficulties and quality of life remained the same or deteriorated. Many parents reported placement disruption, depression and divorce as part of that experience.

This recent research provides a baseline for our previous research and moves it towards the gold standard. The Ofsted inspectors not only saw this as evidence of positive outcomes for children but along with our training programme, it provides evidence that, as an agency, we disseminate good practice and innovation in the field of adoption and fostering.

We hope that our conference on 19 October will be the first step in modelling the future for families – not just a celebration of 20 years. What we have learnt in those 20 years is now recognised as a “highly effective therapeutic model” (Ofsted, 2018) of adoption practice both in terms of preparing prospective adopters and helping children heal.

We feel this is a fitting point to have reached after 20 years and we can only look forward in anticipation to 20 years from now. It is encouraging to remember that 20 years ago the very concept of post-adoption support was seen as revolutionary and now is aspirational for most adoption agencies. We hope that we will be looking back in 20 years’ time and seeing that what Family Futures has achieved now – an integrated, multidisciplinary therapeutic approach to adoption placements – has been embraced by all agencies in the field.

In order to encourage this process, we hope that as many people as possible will attend our 2018 conference which will be a rich mix of research presentations and workshops, describing how we have embedded what we have learnt into our practice.

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