We’re Ofsted approved!

We’re proud to have achieved an overall rating of ‘Good’ following our 2023 Ofsted inspection.


Who are Ofsted? And what do they do?

OFSTED is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. OFSTED inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, including fostering agencies.

OFSTED inspects all fostering agencies in England, the aim is to promote improvement across all standards of care and safeguarding so that children and young people, parents and carers benefit. After an inspection, an inspection report is produced and published.

‘Children come first’ at Anchor

Inspectors during the Ofsted inspection noted our unwavering commitment and support to foster parents, plus our family approach to running the agency. They said:

The ethos of the agency is that children come first. This commitment is well respected and supported by foster carers.”

“The leadership team is accessible, visible and a positive role model to all staff. Progress, commitment and inspiration provide direction. Leaders and managers have a clear vision for the agency and support the ethos in their statement of purpose. The overarching family feel is a strength of the agency.

Staff and managers know the children and foster carers well. Supervising social workers and managers are creative in supporting children and carers from varying ethnicities, cultures, and religious backgrounds.”

The role of the placements team is a strength in this agency. Thorough and continued communication from the outset has enabled a consistent approach.”

“Children continue to make good progress, with some children making excellent progress from their starting points. Children are happy and settled, many in long-term placements.”

Children enjoy a wide range of activities and outings with their foster carers and events facilitated by the agency. These opportunities help children to keep active, increase their confidence and learn new skills.”