The latest inspection by Ofsted has found a third children’s residential home in Knowsley to be ‘Good’ – meaning ALL the council run open children’s residential facilities now have this grading.
Fullerton Grove, which provides short break care for children with learning and/or physical disabilities, was inspected in February. It was found to be Good in all areas following improvements made since its last inspection in 2020.
Inspectors said that introductions for children to the home are gradual and carried out with sensitivity – staff plan carefully and ensure they have a full picture of each child’s need before they come for overnight stays. This helps reduce any anxieties about being away from the family home.
The report said that children are safe in the home, due to a high level of staffing and a good understanding of children’s individual risks and vulnerabilities. It said risk assessments are robust and are regularly reviewed and updated with strong management oversight.
And there was more praise for the home’s registered manager, with the report noting their: “sincere passion for improving children’s outcomes” and that staff feel supported by an “approachable” management team who are open to ideas.