A Children's Home in Worcester is celebrating an 'outstanding' rating in its Ofsted inspection.
Worcester's newest home has been inspected by the independent watchdog for the first time, and is rated as Outstanding – the highest possible assessment. The Home was praised for providing 'highly effective services that consistently exceed the standard of good.'
The report spoke highly of the Home's 'warm and welcoming environment,' its 'proactive partnership work with professionals and other agencies' and its 'reflective and specifically tailored' staff practice. Focusing on those living in the Children's Home, the report stated that 'young people's safety is promoted at all times' and that as a result of meaningful relationships with staff, the young people make 'outstanding personal progress'.
The report was particularly complimentary about the recent relocation of the home; a process that both the staff and young people contributed to. The young people were involved in purchasing and installing furniture and electrical devices, and decoration, and as a result are now enjoying their new home, experiencing more independence and enjoying new and varied activities.
A young person's psychotherapist said: "Young people and the staff team are proud of their new home. They have all worked together to create a very safe, welcoming and homely environment. Work continues to mirror the personalities and interests of the young people in their environment."
Staff were commended for promoting academic success, healthy lifestyles and social involvement in activities including swimming, Cadets and Zumba. Young people are also helped to develop self-esteem and social confidence through engaging with everyday practices such as booking appointments with opticians and doctors, opening and managing bank accounts, and travelling to visit family members.
Babs Layton, Team Manager at the Home said: "This is a welcome recognition of the superb work done by all our staff. The young people here have told us that we provide excellent care and support that enables them to grow and develop their self-confidence and independence in a safe and caring environment. It is really encouraging when external inspectors confirm that we are right to be proud of our local services."
This latest Ofsted report also means that all of the County Council's 10 Children's Homes and Short Break Units are rated Good or Outstanding.
Councillor John Campion, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Children and Families said: "Improving outcomes for our Looked After Children is a priority for the County Council and the team at this Home should be really proud of this achievement."
"Ofsted recently updated their guidelines for inspecting children's homes and tightened their criteria. Receiving an Outstanding rating means that staff are providing consistently high quality levels of care and support to these young people. A huge well done to all those involved."