By KLTV Newsdesk –
A children’s care home in Kirklees has received the highest possible praise from government inspectors.
The home, which provides support for some of the most vulnerable children in Kirklees, has been rated by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ in every category.
Although the home cannot be named for safeguarding reasons, the facility in question is for children and young people with sensory impairment, learning disabilities and/or physical disabilities.
Ofsted examined the overall experiences and progress of children and young people; how well they are helped and protected; and the effectiveness of leaders and managers.
The Ofsted report for the home was glowing, saying that ‘The actions of the home contribute to significantly improved outcomes and positive experiences for children and young people’.
Ofsted noted that ‘The progress that children make whilst living at the home will have a highly positive impact on their future life chances’ and ‘It is clear that the progress made by some children is beyond expectations and they are flourishing in all aspects of their lives’.
The report also praised the staff at the facility, describing them as ‘very skilled at helping children to keep calm’.
Overall, it was said that ‘Children benefit from high quality of care. They form strong, trusting bonds with staff, who want the best for them’.
‘Provide the best start in life’
Cllr Viv Kendrick, Cabinet member for Children, said: “The children who live in this setting are not only in care, they also have a wide range of additional needs which are superbly met in a homely environment.
“It’s incredibly important to the council that we do everything possible to support their wellbeing and provide the best start in life in every way.”
Cllr Kendrick noted that the children in the home “are particulalrly vulnerable and they need extra help, protection and care.”
She added: “The setting gives them a nurturing, happy and long-term home which makes a profound difference in their lives.
“To be rated outstanding in all areas is a great credit to everyone involved. We will continue striving to make even more improvements because that’s what our children truly deserve.”
Currently, all of the children’s residential homes run by Kirklees Council are assessed as either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.