Our improvement journey
There is real determination at all levels to continue to make Brighter Futures for Children a success – and to carry on improving the lives of children in Reading. and we recognise there is still much work to be done .
We’ve put the chronology of our improvements in order, with the latest achievements appearing first.
July 2021: Finding of the Ofsted & CQC Local Area SEND inspection were sent to us and showed how much services had improved. You can read the letter here , the press release here and the report on Ofsted website here.
June 2021: Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out a local area SEND inspection in Reading, looking at the effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of, and improving outcomes for, children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)
February 2021: Our continuing improvement journey reached a major milestone when it was officially confirmed that we had been removed from Government intervention.
In a letter to Reading Borough Council Leader Jason Brock, Vicky Ford, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, confirmed she was lifting the Government direction with immediate effect.
The letter acknowledged ‘significant improvement’ since Ofsted’s inspection 5 years ago and the ‘hard work and commitment of all involved.”
March 2020: BFfC’s Independent Fostering Agency (IFA) moved out of its ‘Inadequate’ Ofsted status in its first inspection since the company took over the service in March 2019. The IFA was judged as ‘Requires improvement to be good’ in all three inspection areas (https://brighterfuturesforchildren.org/readings-fostering-service-no-longer-inadequate/).
February 2020: Cressingham became BFfC’s second children’s home to receive an Outstanding Ofsted judgement (https://brighterfuturesforchildren.org/outstanding-rating-for-our-short-breaks-childrens-home/).
October 2019: Reading’s children’s social care service moved out of its ‘Inadequate’ status, just 10 months after BFfC had taken over its operation. Inspectors rated the service as ‘Requires improvement to be good’ in all four judgement areas (https://brighterfuturesforchildren.org/readings-childrens-services-no-longer-inadequate/).
August 2019: One of BFfC’s children’s homes, Pinecroft, was judged Outstanding by Ofsted following an unannounced inspection visit (https://brighterfuturesforchildren.org/outstanding-rating-for-our-childrens-home/).
December 2018: Brighter Futures for Children was created as an independent, not-for-profit, company wholly owned by the council and took over the provision of education, early help and children’s services in Reading.