A home that provides 24 hour- support for children in care has been judged to be outstanding by inspectors from Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.
The Stoke-on-Trent City Council small group home The Willows, which is for young people aged 10 to 17 years-old, was found to be ‘a fantastic place to live’ and to provide ‘excellent care for all the people who live there.’
Inspectors rated The Willows outstanding in all areas including overall experiences and progress of children and young people, taking into account how well children and young people are helped and protected and the effectiveness of leaders and managers. The home previously received a good rating.
The upgraded judgement comes following a two-day inspection which took place in July at the home. Inspectors met with children, staff and managers to inform their visit. They thanked the young people who took part in the inspection and praised them for ‘contributing positively to the home.’
Ofsted found that ‘the children’s home provides highly effective services that consistently exceed the standards of good.’ In the report inspectors also outlined that the ‘actions of the children’s home contribute to significantly improved outcomes and positive experiences for children and young people who need help, protection and care.’
Councillor Janine Bridges, who is the cabinet member for education and economy said: “To receive an outstanding rating from Ofsted is a huge achievement. We are absolutely delighted for the staff who work extremely hard in this home day-in and day-out, but most importantly we’re delighted for the children in care whose lives directly benefit as a result of such high quality support.
“It can be extremely tough for young people who are in care as they are often excluded from opportunities that are taken for granted inside a traditional family environment. It is extremely reassuring to know that children in care at The Willows are able to go from strength-to-strength as a result of the high quality care and support they are receiving.”
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