Inspector Jane Roberts noted in her 13-page report a “highly motivated workforce, passionately intent on the provision of the best care possible”.
She added: “It was evident that a great deal of knowledge-sharing, coaching and peer support takes place on a day-to-day basis. The working environment and culture is very inclusive...there was a real sense of team work... and a strong sense of commitment.”
Community Family Care was established in 2012 as a sister organisation to foster care agency Community Foster Care.
It provides community-based family support services to the community in Gloucestershire, including training, support and guidance to families. Its key purpose is to enable children and families to stay together.
Family Care Manager Sasha Brown said the award marked an important milestone in the organisation’s development. “Investors in People is recognised as a mark of excellence and we’re proud that the support we offer our staff is acknowledged at that level,” she said.
The assessor also renewed parent organisation Community Foster Care’s Investors in People Award for the third time.
“It is gratifying to meet a group of people who are so intent on improving the lives of young people and ensuring that they have every opportunity for happy and productive lives,” she wrote.
She added that foster carers were also very positive about the quality of service and support provided.
Chief Executive of both organisations, Hugh Pelham, thanked his team for their support since he took the reins in 2014. “I’ve made quite a few changes in the last year and everyone’s been brilliant,” he said.