The British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) rated 'Outstanding' by OFSTED

Issue date: 01/08/2011
BAAF is rated as Outstanding by Oftsted 2010 to 2011The British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) is delighted to have been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in its recent inspection. The agency will be included on Ofsted’s outstanding provider’s list. BAAF not only received an overall rating of ‘outstanding’, but was also rated ‘outstanding’ in every area that was assessed, recognising the excellence of all services provided by the charity. Louise Hocking, BAAF’s Director of Child Placement and the Registered Manager of its adoption agency in England said “I am delighted that BAAF’s work as a Voluntary Adoption Agency and Adoption Support Agency in England has achieved a result of outstanding in all areas. This reflects the work that the dedicated staff at BAAF undertake and it is great to have their effort and expertise acknowledged in this way.” Ofsted’s role is to inspect and regulate services and it is the key external mechanism for scrutinizing the work of adoption agencies. Therefore being rated as ‘outstanding’ is a measure of the high quality of the service offered by BAAF to children, both directly and indirectly. The rating also informs the public and other professionals about how well the agency conducts its practice including its role in supporting and advising other agencies. Ofsted reported that “The agency is outstanding in all respects. It is innovative, reflective, self-evaluative and committed to providing services of a very high quality to its member organisations and adoptive families. It puts children at the heart of all it does and is committed to working in partnership with other adoption agencies to improve placement choice for children and prevent delay”. It went on to say that “BAAF provides outstanding support to adoptive families to enable them to continue to care for their children in stable, appropriate and happy placements”. David Holmes, BAAF’s Chief Executive and the Responsible Individual for BAAF’s adoption agency in England said “I am so pleased that BAAF’s efforts have been recognised in this way. We work hard to make a difference to everyone affected by adoption. I am proud that the contribution of my excellent staff has been so highly commended”. To view the report please visit