Who are we?

Brighter Futures for Children IFA: In January 2019, Brighter Futures for Children Independent Fostering Agency (IFA) registered as a company and we were officially established as an IFA in March 2019.

Brighter Futures for Children: Our parent company is Brighter Futures for Children Limited. In December 2018, Brighter Futures for Children Limited was established to deliver children’s social care, early help and education on behalf of Reading Borough Council.

Reading Borough Council: As a company both Brighter Futures for Children IFA and Brighter Futures for Children are independent of, but wholly owned by, Reading Borough Council. Our services were previously provided as Reading Borough Council’s fostering service.

This new company model means that we can provide the best opportunity to improve our fostering service and bring new focus to the issues faced by looked after children and young people in the borough.

Brighter Futures for Children IFA Statement of Purpose

Brighter Futures for Children IFA are independent, local and not-for-profit. Our main aim is to protect and enhance the lives of the children and young people in Reading.

Our values

We share the same values as our parent company, Brighter Futures for Children. In every aspect of our work, we will be:

Honest

We are transparent and open about how we work

Creative

We are not bound by convention

Caring

Every decision we make is in the best interest of the child

Quality-driven

We are efficient, effective and responsible

Respectful

We value equality and diversity

Responsible

We are a prudent organisation, a good partner and we use limited resources wisely

Our governance

Responsible Individual

Biri Yaya

Registered Manager

Steffi Roth

Ofsted

Brighter Futures for Children IFA has been judged ‘Requires Improvement to be Good’ by Ofsted, following our first inspection as an IFA since the company took over the fostering service in March 2019.

The judgement, which was the same in all three judgement areas, is an improvement on its previous judgement of ‘Inadequate’ as Reading Borough Council’s fostering service. We are pleased to have improved alongside Brighter Futures for Children, who also received a ‘Requires Improvement to be Good’ rating in September 2019. We will continuously strive towards improving our services and driving towards a ‘Good’ outcome.