Who are we?

We are a not-for-profit fostering agency. We are part of Brighter Futures for Children, which is owned by, but independent of, Reading Borough Council. This means that we that we are responsible for all children in care in Reading.

Brighter Futures for Children IFA Statement of Purpose

Brighter Futures for Children IFA is 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:


We are transparent and open about how we work


We are not bound by convention


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


We are efficient, effective and responsible


We value equality and diversity


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


Brighter Futures for Children’s IFA has been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted following an inspection in January 2022.

Inspectors awarded ‘Good’ to all three three key areas:

  • Overall experience of children and young people
  • How well children and young people are helped and protected

  • The effectiveness of leaders and managers.

We are delighted with our steady progress since taking over responsibility for the fostering service in March 2019 and will continue to focus on further, long-term improvements to the service we offer.

Inspectors said: 

“There is a clear vision for the service which is ambitious and forward thinking. Positive outcomes for children and support for foster carers has already improved.”

 “Children have a sense of permanence and stability. They are well matched to foster carers who have the relevant experience and skills to care for them. Their lives are enhanced by the care and nurture that fostering families give. This is because supervising social workers and foster carers advocate on their behalf and ensure that children’s needs are put first.”

Read the report
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Proud to be a fostering friendly employer

Brighter Futures for Children IFA is delighted to be a fostering friendly employer. Our flexible HR policies make working with us a friendly and supportive place for those who foster or would like to become a foster carer. It also benefits the children and young people in their care.

If you are a local business in Reading that would like to find out how you can be a fostering friendly employer, get in touch.

Our governance

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Deputy Service Manager and Responsible Individual

Seamus Jennings

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Registered Manager

Steffi Roth