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Outstanding rating for children’s short-breaks residential home

by Laura Johnston

A children’s home in Knowsley, providing children with a physical and / or learning disability and their families overnight breaks, has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Fullerton Grove, based in Huyton, was judged to be ‘Outstanding’ for the overall experience and progress of children and young people taking into account how well children and young people are helped and protected and the effectiveness of leaders and managers.

The inspection report also states that the ‘children’s home provides highly effective services that consistently exceed the standards of good and that the actions of the home have contributed to significantly improved outcomes and positive experiences for children and young people who need, help, protection and care.’

Councillor Joan Lilly, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said

“We know from the feedback we receive from our children, young people and families that use Fullerton Grove that we are having a positive impact on their lives, but to have it formally endorsed by Ofsted is a fantastic achievement for everyone at Fullerton Grove.”


“As well as seeing first-hand the activities that take place at Fullerton Grove and speaking to our staff, the inspectors importantly met with the children and families that use our service.  Inspectors noted that children are increasingly confident in spending time away from their families, they enjoy the opportunity to try new things, being around other children and joining in meaningful activities. Inspectors also commented on how our staff are strongly motivated to help children to achieve their full potential.”


“This is a fantastic result for the team and well done to everyone at Fullerton Grove.”

Fullerton Grove provides short breaks for children and young people aged from six to 17 years in a safe, caring and homely environment.  They benefit from a range of activities, which are tailored to their specific needs. This includes trying new foods, playing with toys and making new friends. The staff at Fullerton Grove also deliver a range of activities where siblings can also join in, for example, pumpkin carving and visiting the park.

Other positive outcomes from staying at Fullerton Grove includes the children and young people having an opportunity to do more for themselves, appropriate to their age, level of understanding and disability, which increases their own independence and confidence.