Leading independent fostering agency, Fostering People has appointed Oliver Kirkland as registered manager in waiting as it continues to grow its national network of foster carers.
As a qualified social worker, and bringing with him 20 years’ experience in children’s services, 48 year old Oliver has spent his entire career working within social care, including six years as a registered manager in Birmingham, as well as for a local authority in the West Midlands.
Oliver commented: “Having worked in children’s services all my adult life, I can see the impact that a caring and stable home environment can have, and foster carers are a critical part of achieving this.
“I am absolutely passionate about ensuring children and young people who live with foster carers are safe and well looked after. This passion is mirrored in Fostering People and the incredible staff and carers they’ve nurtured, so I’m excited to be joining the team helping to deliver the highest possible standard of care and services across the country.”
Since its inception in 2000, Fostering People has established itself as a preferred fostering provider for local authorities across the UK. Consistently rated Outstanding by Ofsted, Fostering People is part of Core Assets Group, the UK’s leading holistic children’s services provider.
Over 65,000 children live with foster families across the UK, with estimates from the Fostering Network suggesting that a further 5,900 foster families will be needed in the next 12 months.
John Platt, managing director at Fostering People concluded: “Foster families are a vital part of Britain’s DNA and with a shortage looming, Oliver joins us at a time when our services are increasingly in demand, locally and nationally.
“With young people at the heart of all that we do, it was critical for our new registered manager to support our aims of having a positive and lasting effect on young lives. Oliver shares our high expectations, and we are delighted to welcome him to the team. We’re looking forward to capitalising on Oliver’s experience in order to continue to innovate our approach to fostering.”
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