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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Inspectors: Children’s home is ‘outstanding’

A WHITEHAVEN children’s home has been described as “outstanding” by government inspectors.

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Excellent report: Overend Children’s assistant manager Paul Bell with staff members Louisa Boswell, centre, and Monica Riley

Overend Road is home to youngsters aged 12 to 17 and, according to Ofsted, it is run by highly motivated and committed staff.

The judgement by the Ofsted inspectors was that the home had an overall rating of “good”, although many areas of care were deemed to be of exceptionally high quality.

One of the provisions found to be “outstanding” was child protection.

There is said to be a supportive and nurturing atmosphere, bullying is not tolerated and the youngsters feel comfortable raising complaints with staff – who are skilled at recognising when situations are likely to deteriorate.

Efforts to help the children achieve and enjoy themselves were also given the highest possible marks.

The youngsters are said to be provided with all the support they need to make progress at school and their personal triumphs meet with equal praise to their educational successes.

The Ofsted report stated: “Without staff commitment, the significant improvements in attendance and outcomes for young people would not have been achieved.”

The experienced team was praised for both it’s high morale and work to help the young people improve their quality of life.

The report stated: “The children are proud of their home and feel that it is a good place for them to be.”

Helen Smith, Cumbria County Council head of service for children and families, is delighted with Ofsted’s findings.

She said: “It demonstrates our commitment to providing high quality care for our young people and I commend the staff for their enthusiasm and high standards.

“All of our residential units have good ratings, but we are not complacent.

“We are working hard to improve standards across all of our units and this report is testament to the work that’s being done.”

SJohnson@cngroup.co.uk

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