THE fostering service provided by Ealing Council has been given an outstanding rating from Ofsted – the highest possible ranking.

The results follow a 10-day inspection of the service.

Ofsted were impressed with Ealing’s “outstanding quality service to looked-after children in foster care placements” and the exceptional recruitment, assessment and support of foster carers.

The borough was also praised for its excellent record of encouraging the educational achievements of children in care.

Ealing’s looked-after children are strong academic achievers – 17% go on to study at university, a figure which is around three times the national average.

Many also go on to study at college or take on apprenticeships.

The studies are supported by a dedicated education team and by the award-winning Horizons Education and Achievement Centre in Hanwell, which provides a wide range of support programmes and activities.

The news come shortly after David Cameron released adoption league tables to name and shame councils in England which are falling behind when it comes to finding adoptive families for children.

Ealing was found to have results above the national average.

Ealing currently has 440 children in care and is always looking for more foster carers from all communities.

The borough currently has a particular shortage of willing foster carers from a white British background.

It would also like to hear from anyone interested in fostering children with disabilities or special needs, or anyone who can provide them with short breaks.

Older children, sibling groups and young mothers with babies are also in need of foster carers.

Ealing provides dedicated support for carers, which includes mentoring and the opportunity to train towards NVQ qualifications.

Carers are also provided with a generous financial allowance to help them meet the needs of the children they are caring for.

Ealing regularly holds fostering and adoption events at the town hall, where anyone interested can find out more. The next event will be on Monday, December 5 at7.30pm.

For more information, call 0800 731 6550 or email