Capstone Foster Care News

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.”

The Ofsted achievements continue at Capstone, with the Midlands being our latest region to achieve Good in an Ofsted inspection. We are delighted with this achievement, and here is what Ofsted have to say about us:

  • Children live with committed foster carers. As a result, children benefit from stable placements
  • Committed staff support foster carers very well. Consequently, carers feel valued.
  • Children make positive progress in their education, and their health improves
  • Staff and foster carers receive ongoing training in safeguarding and protecting children.
  • Foster carers are well supported in caring for the children placed with them… One foster carer explained that this support has given them the ability ‘to think outside the box, which has been really helpful’.
  • Children enjoy a wide range of activities. A child said, ‘I go out to lots of exciting places. We’re a real family.’
  • Foster carers feel well supported. Managers and staff value all family members and consider their views. A foster carer said, ‘They really care about the well-being of the foster family.’

Regional Director, Sara Chambers Ross, said:

“I am really proud of our Ofsted achievement and the feedback we have received. The team at Capstone Midlands work hard every day to support foster carers to build brighter futures for the young people in our care. I want to thank all members of the Capstone Midlands family for your contribution and efforts in achieving this fantastic result.”

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