Ofsted has recently carried out an inspection of a children’s residential respite service in Knowsley that provides short breaks and community support to children and families. Ofsted judged the provision to be providing a ‘Good’ overall service, retaining its previous ‘Good’ judgement.
The overall experiences and progress of children and young people, how well children and young people are helped and protected, and the effectiveness of leaders and managers were all judged to be ‘Good’.
Inspectors noted that:-
- Staff are skilled in forming relationships with children and their families or carers, building trust and a willingness to engage with the support offered.
- Some children receive short breaks at the home, where they receive individualised and focussed support in a safe and relaxed environment.
- Carers and family members value the support that their children receive from the staff.
- Children’s views are listened to.
- Children have the opportunity to try new activities, make new friends, develop social interaction with others and improve their confidence and self-esteem.
- The home provides a warm and homely environment where children can relax.
- The staff have a good understanding of the children’s needs and vulnerabilities.
- Staff build trusting relationships with children.
- The manager leads an experienced, skilled and stable team.
- The manager and staff are committed to support children, their families and carers, and take pride in their achievements.
Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:
“I was delighted to read this latest report which included feedback specifically from the children who use this facility. They look forward to staying there and it was acknowledged by Inspectors how well the staff get to know the children and their families or carers.
“I also know that our staff also provide outreach support to children and their families in the community which is valued and appreciated by those who receive this support.
“Well done to everyone concerned – you should be very rightly proud of this achievement.”