Investors in People GOLD!!!

We did it! We have been awarded the IIP Gold award. This is tremendous news and is a fantastic achievement. It is also a rare award and says a lot about our Agency.

Thank you to everyone for all your help with this and thank you to everyone who made themselves available to the inspector during his visit.

Here is a quote from the report:

“The on call support activity supports individuals as appropriate. The culture within AFA is such that people in general will do what is necessary to get the job done – and crucially to support the child and the carer/placement. A number of those interviewed were able to describe their own past experience of [other] cultures that were often at odds with the provision of the wrap-around care and support provided within AFA. “

Some quotes from staff and carers taken from the IIP report:

‘It works because people support each other – we all support each other’

‘If I don’t think something’s right I’m happy to challenge it’

‘The child is still at the heart of everything we do’

‘We discuss in my supervision what I’ve learnt and what I’ve taken away from the learning’

‘The ethos and culture of AFA is very – very different to the organisations I’ve worked in before’

‘We feel part of the AFA family’

‘The vision of what a fostering service should be about runs through everything that happens in this organisation’

‘It’s all about the children – we’ll always come back to this’

‘We skill up our staff to skill up the carers to ensure they can make a difference’

‘They value their carers, you feel part of the team and we’re all on first name terms’

‘This organisation matches my own morals and values’

‘Well I think they’re platinum as far as I’m concerned!!!’