Council run children’s homes rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted
Merran McRae with staff from all three children's homes
Children's homes, managed by Wakefield Council, have been awarded the top rating of 'outstanding' by Ofsted inspectors.
York Villas, in Normanton and Wakefield's Wasdale Resource Centre, were given the 'outstanding' rating in all three key areas measured by Ofsted: effectiveness of leaders and managers, overall experiences of the children and young people and how well they are helped and protected.
Both homes look after children and young people with a range of learning and physical disabilities or complex healthcare needs. They received a visit from Ofsted inspectors in February.
The inspection teams for both homes came to the same conclusion: 'The actions of the children's homes contribute to significantly improved outcomes and positive experiences for children and young people.'
The relationship between staff at York Villas and the children and young people under their care is described as 'excellent'. Staff and management at the home are praised for going 'the extra mile' and being 'strong advocates' for the children and young people.
Wasdale Resource Centre is judged 'exceptional' by the inspectors who say in their report: 'The children and young people receive high-quality care and support from staff who have extensive experience of caring for disabled children and young people.'
The inspectors highlight the achievements of some of the children and young people who, under the care of the staff, 'really surpass expectations, such as those who achieve Duke of Edinburgh bronze awards'.
Feedback from parents and carers is included in the report. They call the staff 'their children's second family' and say 'they have complete trust in the team'.
Dacre Children's Home is the third children's home, run by the Council, to be inspected in February. The home is given an overall rating of 'good' and the effectiveness of its leaders and managers is rated 'outstanding'.
The home recently changed from providing short-term respite care to being a medium and long-term home for children and young people. Inspectors report that 'children are making excellent progress in the short time they have been here' and they have 'good relationships with staff who they say are 'fun', 'nice' and 'supportive'. One child told the inspectors: 'It's like we are one big team, one big family.'
Merran McRae, Chief Exective of Wakefield Council, paid a visit to Wasdale Resource Centre to thank the staff and meet with the young residents. Following her visit, she said: "We are delighted to achieve the highest rating available from Osfted.
"I've seen first-hand the incredible work our staff put in each day and the joy of the children and young people who live here. I'd like to thank them.
"Ofsted have recognised the hard work, dedication and professionalism of our staff and leadership without whom none of this would have happened.
"As a Council we strive for excellence and we are committed to supporting the service to uphold these standards and ensure the children we care for continue to receive the support they need to excel and achieve their potential."