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Children’s home graded Good in latest Ofsted inspection

by Gemma Melling

A Children’s Home in Knowsley has passed its most recent Ofsted inspection with flying colours, moving from ‘requires improvement’ back to ‘Good’.

The residential facility – in Huyton – had previously had a ‘Good’ rating, but in January this year was deemed to ‘require improvement’.

Since then, Knowsley Council has been working to make improvements to safeguarding procedures and leadership at the home, and the management, staffing, training and procedures were strengthened.

Now, Ofsted have confirmed that this work has successfully raised standards at the facility, and that standards are sufficiently high to once again award it ‘Good’.

This specialist residential home offers care for up to three children with social and emotional difficulties. After the most recent visit, Ofsted inspectors said the home prepares children well for adulthood and independence, ensuring that this process is a “positive and successful experience”.

They praised the “stable, secure and homely” living environment, and said that staff were warm and nurturing. In addition, the report noted that staff were “aspirational” for the children living at the home and acted as positive role models.

Most of all, it noted that children are safe and feel safe living in the home.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said: “I’m really pleased that this home has once again met the high standards expected for a Good grading. It has been a very effective and rapid turn-around, ensuring at all times that the needs of the children looked after there are at the centre of it all.

“It’s great to hear the positive feedback from the inspectors and I’m confident the home will continue to provide excellent care for children in Knowsley.”