An Ofsted inspection, which included private fostering, was carried out between 8 July 2014 and 30 July 2014. The inspection of Southampton City Council followed the journey of the child and the full report was published on 15 September 2014.
The following statement was made in the report:
"Privately fostered children and young people and their carer’s receive a responsive service led by a dedicated private fostering social worker. Placements are well supported, with regular visits, promoting stability and positive outcomes for children, in particular those attending language schools. Good attention is given to their family circumstances, religious and cultural needs. A series of events, including radio interviews, have been effective in raising awareness about private fostering across the city. At the time of the inspection there were 24 children privately fostered."