S was placed with Capstone carers when she was almost 16 years old.  S told the carers that she did not want to remain in care after she reached 16 so the carers understood they may only have few months to offer S a safe, caring and nurturing environment.

However, on her 16th Birthday, S confirmed that she wanted to remain with the carers and, at this point, the carers were delighted that they could continue with their support of S.

Since then, S has done extremely well, having gained her GCSE’s, followed by two distinctions and a merit in her BTEC as she gained her qualification in IT, a subject she excelled in at school.  S’s carers have been intrinsic to her development and progress, having assisted her with her education and also enabling her to learn to drive and gain an apprenticeship with the local Police force.  S is due to take her driving test soon and she will have her own car to drive to and from work.

S has progressed so well, at her own pace, as she has not been overburdened by the issues of having to move out of placement. She is welcome in the family home and plays a large part within the family and is being supported fully by the carers now she is on a Staying Put arrangement.  Well done S!


Samaritans shoebox appealHere at Capstone we are always looking at ways to build brighter futures for our children and young people in the UK.

Our staff and carers are passionate about helping and caring so each year the South West team get involved with the Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child project, which is commonly known as the Shoebox appeal.

Our staff and carers generously pack up boxes with fun gifts to send to children overseas, and spread the Capstone love that bit further.

The child’s shoebox is the first gift many children have ever received! The treasures and personal letters inside communicate that someone cares for them and gives them an opportunity to experience of feeling special.

This year our CEO, Richard Compton-Burnett, has also kindly donated £100 to show recognition to staff and carers for their commitment in helping this worthy charity.

 


We’re delighted to announce we have achieved Ofsted Good in a recent inspection. We’re delighted with this result that demonstrates the commitment our team contributes to build brighter futures for everyone at Capstone. Here is what Ofsted had to say:

  • Children benefit from stable placements. Sibling groups are able to remain together, which provides continuity and consistency in their lives. 
  • Children feel accepted as part of the wider family of their foster carers. ‘I do not use the term carer, I say family because that is how I feel and get treated’, were the highly positive words expressed by a young person.  
  • Children are able to maintain family ties and this helps them to maintain and feel pride in their identity.  
  • Children placed long term have developed trusting relationships with their carers.
  • The agency places the diverse needs and well-being of the children at the heart of its practice.
  • This is a strong management team to take the agency forward.  
  • Foster carers and staff have positive views about the agency.    

Regional Director, Seamus Jennings, said: “I am grateful to everyone (staff, foster carers, and young people) who made this happen. I especially want to thank my staff for their hard determined work over many months.”


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