Park Children’s home judged as good in recent Ofsted inspection.
- 12th February 2016
- Posted by: PathwayCare
- Category: Uncategorised
The report found the children’s home provision is good because:
- Children and young people present as very happy and settled. The progress they make and the experiences they have are good.
- Children and young people have very positive relationships with very caring staff who know them extremely well. Staff are experienced, skilled and insightful in respect of the complex needs each young person has.
- The home’s child-centred approach ensures that vulnerable children and young people who have significant learning and communication difficulties are able to express their views and make choices in respect of all aspects of their care.
- The range of experiences and activities, which children and young people engage in, enhance the quality of their lives. They have fun. They develop confidence and enjoy improved self-esteem.
- Staff implement comprehensive risk management and behaviour management plans that help to ensure children and young people’s safety.
- For those children and young people who have shared care arrangements, good partnership working between staff and parents result in positive outcomes.
- The registered manager provides good and enthusiastic leadership. She is very child focused and has high aspirations for children and young people. The management team and the staff collectively and continuously strive to improve the quality of their lives.
Progress made by children and young people is good and they enjoy very positive experiences. A parent said: ‘Our son absolutely loves it. He is so much calmer and happier and it has made a massive difference to his behaviour. The placement has totally changed his and our lives.’ Children and young people thrive and the quality of their lives is enhanced.
Children and young people enjoy very positive and trusting relationships with staff who know them and understand their needs very well. Observations of staff demonstrate that they provide children and young people with high levels of praise, encouragement and emotional warmth. A young person said: ‘I like living here. The staff are really good and help me.’ A parent commented: ‘The staff are lovely people who understand my son so well. They are really caring and want the very best for him.’ The positive relationships children and young people have with an experienced team of committed staff helps to provide a secure emotional base from where they can develop.
From their starting points, children and young people’s educational progress is good. For some, they have progressed from engaging in very little education to attending full-time college courses. For those whose needs dictate that they cannot cope within a formal school setting, the managers and staff work in close partnership with specialist education providers to create bespoke programmes of education which are challenging, but also reflect individual talents and learning styles. A parent said: ‘My son has made so much more progress in this placement than his previous one. Since moving here, he has learnt to write. I am delighted.’ Acquiring such skills provide children and young people with a sense of achievement. It will also provide them with increased opportunities in adult life.
Despite children and young people having communication difficulties, staff continually ensure that their views remain central to all aspects of their care. Staff are skilled and creative and use a range of communication methods that reflect children’s and young people’s different communication styles and level of understanding. For non-verbal children and young people, Makaton, pictures, photographs, I-pads, ‘hand over hand’ writing, and observations enable staff to ascertain individual choices and preferences in relation to their day-to-day care. One professional said: ‘Because the young person is so settled and he is being cared for by people who understand him and who are able to communicate with him creatively; a whole new world of communication has opened up to him. This will open doors for him in the adult world.’