Ofsted rate us "outstanding"

We have been rated an "outstanding" fostering agency by Ofsted!

They rated us outstanding in every area of our fostering service.

Overall effectiveness: "outstanding"

Experiences and progress of, and outcomes for, children and young people: "outstanding"

Quality of service: "outstanding"

Safeguarding children and young people: "outstanding"

Leadership and management: "outstanding"

Read Ofsted's full report about us here.

What is Ofsted?

Ofsted is a regulatory government body that inspects and regulates services that care for children and young people such as schools, nurseries, fostering agencies, and children's services.

We are regularly inspected by Ofsted to make sure we are complying with the regulations and standards met by the governing bodies, and to highlight areas where we are excelling or where we could improve. We have a specially dedicated quality department who make sure we're not only complying with standards and regulations, but that we're exceeding them wherever possible.

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More about what Ofsted have said...

Click on the titles below to find out more about what Ofsted said about us in our latest report...

  • Parallel Parents is an "Outstanding" independent fostering agency which effectively meets the complex, individual needs of children and young people. As a result, children and young people make exceptionally good progress and excellent outcomes are achieved.
  • Children and young people are at the heart of this agency's practice and this is demonstrated throughout the service.
  • A significant strength of the agency is the quality of their matching process.
  • Carers receive all the necessary information prior to placement to enable them to make a considered decision as to whether they can meet the needs of the child or young person.
  • Carers reported they are not placed under any pressure to take placements, instead the agency carefully explores whether the foster carers and their families can meet the needs of the child or young person and the placement is appropriate.
  • Foster carers receive excellent supervision and support.
  • Foster carers were particularly complimentary about the support provided and its impact on the care that they provide.
  • Foster carers all confirmed that there is 'none of this, us and them' in the agency, and that 'we are treated equally and very much part of the team.'
  • A number of foster carers stated that the supervision and support they receive from this agency, was far superior to that of other fostering agencies.
  • Children and young people are always listened to and are encouraged to be involved in decisions that affect their lives.
  • Children and young people feel valued because foster carers listen carefully and take on board any comments and feedback that is given. They willingly act as advocates so that views of the child are taken seriously and acted on.
  • Staff are always extremely keen to listen to [children's] views and will use them to develop the service.
  • Carers have a very good understanding of [foster children's] individual needs and they go to great lengths to ensure they are met. Children and young people develop excellent relationships with their carers. Consequently, they develop a very secure base with their carers and feel very much part of the family. They also receive exceptional care and are able to experience and enjoy a variety of extremely positive experiences.
  • [Children] live in a very healthy environment and their physical, emotional and social-well being is very actively promoted.
  • The agency and foster carers are very proactive in ensuring children and young people are able to pursue their interests and leisure activities. This enables them to develop their specific interests, abilities, skills and ensures children and young people lead full and active lives.
  • A very large majority of children and young people in this service have enjoyed long-term stability within their placement. The agency also has some young people, over eighteen years of age, who have been able to remain with their foster carers.
  • A number of children and young people, including some who had experienced a large number of placements, prior to being placed with the agency's foster carers, said that they felt secure, well cared for and were much happier with their current carers.
  • They agency is very active in promoting education.
  • In taking in account their starting points, [children] are making exceptional education progress and are attaining extremely good educational qualifications.
  • Children and young people to make considerable progress and achieve excellent outcomes in their lives.
  • The agency's preparation, assessment and training of carers is excellent.
  • The agency recognises the importance of training and offers a very wide ranging programme of training. This ensures carers receive continuous professional development opportunities.
  • Foster carers spoken with confirmed that they have greatly benefited from the training programme, as it had enabled them to understand and help the child or young person in their care.
  • Consultation with all those involved with the service is a high priority. Consequently, this is actively promoted and is used to support the development of the agency.
  • The agency places a high priority on safeguarding and has robust procedures and practices in place. This ensures children and young people are protected and kept safe.
  • The agency is exceptionally well managed and robust quality assurance systems are in place.
  • Leaders and managers are passionate about their work and are totally committed to providing a service of exceptional quality, with excellent outcomes achieved for children and young people.
  • The Registered Manager, regional managers and staff know the children and young people very well and regularly monitor the progress they are providing. They are accessible and approachable to carers, staff, and children and young people alike.
  • The ethos of the agency is such that there is a strong commitment to continuous improvement, which is shared by all staff, foster carers as well as the children and young people.
  • All those involved in the agency are ambitious for the service and continually want to improve and develop.

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Parallel Parents

Head Office: 2nd Floor Lansdowne House,
85 Buxton Road, Stockport, SK2 6LR

0800 023 4450