Introduction and Context
The Statement of Purpose outlines how Slough Children First (SCF) functions as an Independent Fostering Agency.
The Statement of Purpose is underpinned by the organisation’s Sufficiency Strategy for Children Looked After and the SCF Vision Statement.
It is intended as a useful source of information for:
- Foster Carers
- Supervising Social Workers
- Childcare Social Workers
- Children and young people as well as birth parents
In accordance with regulations, a copy of the document is available to Ofsted and it can also be viewed on SCF’s dedicated website.
Our Statement of Purpose will be kept under review and updated, where appropriate, at least annually.
Slough Children First’s Fostering Service Statement of Purpose is prepared in accordance with the requirements of the following legislation:
- Care Standards Act 2000 (CSA) for the conduct of Fostering Services
- The National Minimum Standards for Fostering Services 2011
- Fostering Services Regulations 2011
- Care Planning, Placement & Case Review (England) Regulations 2010
- Care Planning, Placement & Case Review and Fostering Services Regulations (Miscellaneous Amendments) 2013.
- The Children Act 1989 – Guidance and Regulations
- Volume 4: fostering services (referred to as statutory guidance) 2011
- The Children and Young Persons Act 2008
- Children and Families Act 2014
- United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989
Key Service Aims and Objectives
Slough Children First’s fundamental purpose is ‘Ensuring children in Slough are safe, secure and successful’. To help achieve this, our mission is that we should all be constantly working together to improve the lives of children and young people by protecting, supporting and enabling them to thrive.
Our values, which all our staff and partner agencies are expected to work towards, from those in the back office to those on the frontline are:
Committed to outcomes for children and their families which ensure they are safe, secure and successful; putting the voice of the child at the heart of everything we do and delivering customer driven services, in collaboration with our colleagues and partners; working to improve lives and ensure effective safeguarding; offering the right support needed; working efficiently, so resources can be maximised for our children, young people and families; ensuring clear and appropriate communication.
Honest and respectful
Being honest and respectful, as part of an inclusive culture where our communication is always professional; where everyone counts and knowledge of families and individuals, including cultural identity, along with their feedback and opinions are respected and recognised; a working environment where disrespectful and unprofessional behaviour is challenged; transparency and accountability in all decision-making.
Aspiring to achieve our vision through our everyday work, strong leadership and management; working to develop as an organisation and as individuals; a learning culture which reviews best practice, learns from mistakes and ensures customers have suitable opportunities to feed back and uses all available insight to measure progress and implement change; working flexibly to deliver the best value-for-money services.
Moving in the same direction with an ambition to provide excellent services, based on insight and smart working, while keeping the voice of the child at the heart of the organisation; benchmarking, horizon scanning and anticipating challenges; working to identify opportunities to be cost-effective and future proof our organisation; identifying challenges and working towards solutions.
Working as one organisation through solid teamwork to deliver the best services for children and young people; taking ownership and responsibility to ensure individuals, teams and the wider organisation delivers on aims; building strong relationships with all our customers to secure the best outcomes to make our children safe, secure and successful; connecting with other teams and partners to enhance services and improve efficiency.
Read/download the full Statement of Purpose
You can read the full Statemet of Purpose here.