Foster Care Associates Receives Leading Aspect Award
Released on: May 09, 2011, 6:00 am
Foster Care Associates
Industry: Consumer Services
Foster Care Associates (FCA) has received the Leading Aspect
Award for empowering staff and foster carers to drive up educational
standards for looked after children and young people.
The Leading Aspect Award is a self-evaluation framework designed to judge the
support of educational welfare within an organisation. FCA has received positive
results based on criteria such as commitment to quality, teaching and learning,
sharing good practice, and disseminating innovation.
The agency has proved particularly successful in empowering foster carers and staff
to narrow the attainment gap for educational achievement for looked after children
and young people.
As an integral part of FCA's Team Parenting approach to foster care, education is
considered important in increasing stability within a fostering placement and enhancing the future outcomes of looked
after children and young people. Encouraging educational achievement is therefore
considered a high priority for the agency and its foster carers.
Julie Archer, Head of Education at FCA, has welcomed the Award, stating that the
recognition means a lot for the agency: "Achieving the Leading Aspect Award for FCA
is important as it confirms that the strategies we use are effective in improving
the outcomes of the children and young people placed with us. At FCA we have a
commitment to ensure all children and young people placed with our foster carers
receive an appropriate education. Education is paramount to stability within a
foster placement and to enhance the life chances of children.
"Our Education Service works to identify and secure appropriate education provision
by engaging with staff from schools and other agencies and working with foster
carers to support the young people. In addition we also provide direct support to
the children and young people wherever appropriate.
“Sharing this practice through the Leading Aspect Award heightens the awareness of
the issues for looked after children all over the UK and, in particular, the
importance of putting strategies in place to support children and young people to
reach their educational potential."
Throughout the UK there is a shortfall of around 10,000 foster carers. As the UK's leading Independent Fostering Agency, FCA
is seeking to address this shortage through a nationwide foster carer recruitment
campaign and a fully integrated marketing approach. FCA seeks to raise awareness of
fostering as a career, and the importance of supporting looked after children in
education, in order to help improve the outcomes of young people in foster care across the
About Foster Care Associates:
Foster Care Associates (FCA), part of the Core Assets Group Ltd, is the UK's
leading Independent Fostering Agency, with offices
operating throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Working in
partnership with Local Authorities and Health Trusts throughout the UK, FCA aims to
provide 'quality care in a family setting' for over 2500 foster children who are
looked after by the agency's 2100 foster families.
Foster Care Associates PR Contact
FCA Central Services
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