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Little Acorns Fostering in west Suffolk gets ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report

PUBLISHED: 06:00 28 September 2017

Little Acorns Fostering agency in Haverhill has achieved an 'outstanding' rating in its latest Ofsted inspection. Left to right, Ana Freitas, Cheryl Jillions, Mick Jillions, Emily Shore and Jo Bilbow. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Little Acorns Fostering agency in Haverhill has achieved an 'outstanding' rating in its latest Ofsted inspection. Left to right, Ana Freitas, Cheryl Jillions, Mick Jillions, Emily Shore and Jo Bilbow. Picture: GREGG BROWN

A fostering agency in west Suffolk has been described as making “a great difference in children’s lives” after being rated ‘outstanding’ in its latest Ofsted inspection.

Little Acorns Fostering agency in Haverhill has achieved an 'outstanding' rating in its latest Ofsted inspection. Owners Cheryl and Mick Jillions. Picture: GREGG BROWNLittle Acorns Fostering agency in Haverhill has achieved an 'outstanding' rating in its latest Ofsted inspection. Owners Cheryl and Mick Jillions. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Little Acorns Fostering in Withersfield Road, Haverhill was inspected on August 7 for its social care, following its last inspection in November 2013 where it was given a ‘good’ rating.

The report said: “The agency makes a great difference in children’s lives.”

After finding out that the agency had been given the ‘outstanding’ rating, Little Acorns’ manager and operations director Cheryl Jillions said she “cried with complete joy”.

“We’re thrilled to have achieved this rating with Ofsted,” she said.

“We have been recognised for the hard work that we put in and the contribution we make to children in care.”

The report said that “meticulous matching of placements” helped the children to thrive, and that both the agency and their carers held high aspirations for youngsters which helped them succeed and feel “save, loved and valued”.

The agency works with people across Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire, as well as some local authorities further afield, with predominantly youngsters aged 13 upwards needing care.

Little Acorns said it was important to match youngsters with suitable foster parents, which helped the children and teenagers it worked with make progress.

Mrs Jillions said the 18 teenagers it had were all in regular school and college attendance, and had support from both foster carers and the agency.

“There is a stigma attached to children in care to be in trouble with the police and things like that, but I do not have one young person involved in any police situation. We are really building on their confidence so they can stand on their own two feet.

“When people come into care it is not their fault, so when they come into care we want to make sure they have the best experience possible,” she added.

The agency hailed the foster parents it worked with, which it described as “like gold dust”, and enabled it to help provide stability for the children and teenagers that came to it.

Anyone wishing to find out more about becoming a foster carer can visit the website here.

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