'Foster service failing'
A COUNCIL'S fostering service is failing on many counts, say official inspectors.
They hit out after studying the activities run by Calderdale Council.
A report said: "Thirty- nine children out of the 104 cared for by Calderdale foster carers did not have an allocated social worker.
"This meant support and information was lacking for children, as well as carers."
The Commission for Social Care Inspection said workers in the service were enthusiastic and skilled.
But monitoring systems were lacking.
The report is published after an inspection in January last year.
Glenys Alin, the council's head of children's services, said: "The report on the quality of the fostering service demonstrates that there were considerable areas for improvement identified in January, 2004.
"Twelve months on, the majority of the statutory and good service recommendations have been met."
Further improvements would be made in the next 12 months, she added.