We’re Rated Good to Outstanding
“I feel like part of the family” – young person looked after by a Pathway Care foster carer.
We’re celebrating a hugely successful Ofsted report in our Bromsgrove region.
The inspection, which took place in early June, focused on:
- the overall effectiveness
- the quality of service
- the safeguarding of children and young people
- the leadership and management and the experiences
- progress and outcomes for children and young people
and each category was rated either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by the inspectors.
Catherine Rioda, Service Manager for the Bromsgrove region is delighted with the findings “the inspectors noted that our highly trained and highly valued foster carers are extremely well supported by our staff which enables them to provide the best possible homes for fostered children and young people”.
“We ensure our foster children aren’t stigmatised by the fact they are in care. In conjunction with their foster carers, they make day to day decisions about their own lives and, as one young person told the inspectors, “I feel like part of the family”. A comment like that gives us immense pride; we know that the young person is safe, secure and happy.”
The agency has, what the inspectors described as, a “robust referral and matching process” which ensures the needs of children and young people looking for a foster home are given full consideration as are those of the potential foster carer and their families. One of Pathway Care’s foster carers commented “When I need support it’s always there. Pathway was with us all the way”.
Catherine is justifiably proud of her team: “the ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted is a lovely reward for everyone involved with Pathway Care and reflects the continuing dedication, drive and commitment to delivering the very best quality services ”.
A huge ‘thank you’ to all involved and we look forward to helping more children and young people achieve, enjoy and thrive as they should.
Meet Mason, a very special 12 year old who is the cousin of Pathway Care’s Liz Bartlett, Senior Assessment Practitioner at the Bromsgrove office. Mason was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy at just four months old, also suffers with epilepsy and is registered blind due to lack of oxygen at birth.
Mason had been accepted to have a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) to help loosen his muscles, make him more comfortable and ease the difficulties of caring for him for his mum Amanda and her partner Andrew. Sadly, earlier this year, the family received the devastating news that funding for the operation had been cut by NHS England.
Determined to make sure Mason has the operation he needs, Amanda and Andrew started to fundraise the £15,000 needed, organising events to contribute towards the costs of both the surgery and physiotherapy.
The next fundraising event takes place on 20th July at Wilden Cricket Club in Kidderminster.
Called a ‘Family Fun Day’, this will be a family focussed event, with lots of things for the whole family to enjoy, you may even get the chance to meet a meerkat up close. The Family Fun Day will start at 2pm and will also feature a DJ from 7pm.
Pathway Care has provided a donation to Mason and will be following his journey every step of the way. You can follow the story via our Facebook page facebook.com/pathwaycarefostering and via our twitter handle @PathwayCare.
Also, if you would like to make a donation to Mason’s surgery, you can donate to his just giving page justgiving.com/masonsdr