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Ofsted praises children’s home

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Staff at a Dudley Council-run children’s home have been praised by Ofsted in a recent inspection.

The recent inspection of the home which currently looks after 4 young people aged between 14 and 18 rated the home as outstanding in all areas. The home caters for young people who have experienced adverse childhood experiences which has resulted in complex behaviour requiring specialist support. The report found that staff were exceptionally warm and nurturing, adapting their behaviour to support their young people in becoming more confident, independent and ambitious for the future.

Management at the site was also praised, with staff not only being naturally warm, compassionate and inspirational but using research and tailor-made expert training to improve the way they work. Monitoring and reviews processes were deemed to be excellent and the young people themselves help shape the ethos and tone of the home through their opinions which are absorbed into the running of the home, making them feel empowered and highly valued.
Young people at the home are given educational and career opportunities, making the move to independence in tailor-made ways such as weekly placements with local companies as a stepping stone to college courses and a career. Staff are ambitious for the children in their care with one staff member saying: "We treat young people like they are our own. I have told young people that I have the same aspirations for them as I have for my grandchildren".

Councillor Angus Lees, cabinet member for children’s services said:

“This is a wonderful report which reflects the outstanding level of care our staff are providing to our young people. They are dedicated, warm, professional and caring. “Thanks to their support and the inspirational leadership of the home’s manager, our young people are safe, cared for and empowered to feel positive and ambitious for their own futures.”

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