Lewisham Fostering Services
Contact Info For Lewisham Fostering
Brief Description: LB Lewisham is a local authority fostering service
The Old Fire Station
340 Lewisham High Street
London SE13 6LE :
Ofsted: Requires Improvement.
"Children’s services in Lewisham require improvement to be good. While standards for children looked after have been maintained and those for care leavers have improved, those for children in need of early help and protection have deteriorated. The Executive Director of Children’s Services, appointed in September 2015, has been quick to identify deficiencies in performance and processes. The senior management team undertook a self-assessment of the whole service to identify areas of concern and those of strength. As a result, the new senior management team has reached a realistic understanding of the challenges facing children’s services in Lewisham. Their priorities, shared with and supported by senior leaders, are to make sustainable changes and to retain the current skilled and child-centred workforce. Creating a culture and environment to promote sustainable change is a priority for the new senior leadership team. An action plan has been developed that appropriately prioritises the activities necessary to address shortfalls. For example, a new information technology platform has been commissioned as a matter of urgency and planning is well advanced to ensure that the case file audit programme is riskbased, proportionate and effective in addressing deficiencies in practice. Child protection processes are also under review to ensure that they fully comply with guidance. Some changes in practice have already been made. "