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Short break provision for children maintains its “Good” Ofsted judgement  

by Gemma Melling

Oasis, a short break provision for children in Knowsley, has maintained its “Good” judgement by Ofsted following a recent inspection.

It provides accommodation for up to two children, aged 11-17 years, who are experiencing social or emotional difficulties. In addition, staff provide outreach support to families or carers.

The overall experiences and progress of children and young people was “Good”. The provision was also judged to be “Good” for how well children and young people are helped and protected and the effectiveness of leaders and managers.

Inspectors noted that:-

  • Short breaks are tailored to the children – a range of care packages are available that includes community-based support in the evenings, an overnight stay, a long weekend or a combination of these.
  • Children say their short break is a positive experience and they enable children to remain with their family long-term.
  • A parent said “This is a place where children can be themselves. My child attended here for a period of time and everyone talks about the difference in him.”
  • The staff are skilled in forming positive relationships with children and their families or carers.
  • One child said “I have made memories that will last a lifetime” and another said “Staff are great and listen to me.”
  • Parents and carers say that the service is valuable in supporting them.
  • Children can follow their hobbies, such as designing art items or attending football practice and matches. They also experience a range of activities that they have not tried before, such as bowling, trampolining and ice skating. This helps them with their confidence and self-esteem.
  • The home is a warm and homely environment where children can relax and have fun.
  • Staff have a good understanding of children’s needs and vulnerabilities.
  • The manager is suitably experienced and qualified and demonstrates a clear commitment to improving outcomes for children. The manager leads an experienced, skilled and stable team.
  • The staff share a positive and child-centred approach. The manager and staff are committed to supporting children, their families and carers, and take pride in their achievements.

Jonathan Jones, Executive Director for Children’s Services, said “A key priority for us is ensuring that the support and services we provide are aligned to the needs of children and their families. The tailored offer at Oasis is a good example of this where parents, carers and children enjoy their time there.

“Our staff also have a great relationship with the children and ensure that their needs are being met.

“I’m delighted that Oasis has maintained its “Good” judgement. Well done to the team.”