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Children's home rated as 'Good' by Ofsted

30 August 2023

Work to improve a children’s home in Peterborough has led to the facility being rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted inspectors, less than a year after it was deemed to be inadequate.

Clare Lodge, the only all-female children’s home offering welfare placements in the UK to children and young people has received an overall rating of ‘Good’ by Ofsted, following a two-day inspection on 25 and 26 July 2023.

Several improvements have been made at the children’s home, which is run by Peterborough City Council, since Ofsted inspectors previously visited in September 2022.

As a result, children at the home are now making good progress in all areas of their lives, can express themselves and are supported to develop and grow. Ofsted found that children have good relationships with the staff, which supports their progress and ensures that they have positive experiences.

Highlighting how the centre has improved since its last inspection, the report said: “Children’s needs are thoroughly assessed when they arrive at the home. The staff develop care plans that show how their needs will be met. Plans are reviewed and updated regularly. These updates include the effective use of structured multi-disciplinary case management meetings that detail children’s progress and highlight further support they may need.”

The report added: “Staff show patience and resilience when caring for the children who have complex needs and vulnerabilities. Staff work hard to help keep children safe. Risk assessments and behaviour support plans guide staff to provide a good quality of care, which reduces risks and meets children’s individual needs.”

Management were also praised for making effective changes, with the report highlighting that managers have focused on improving the quality of care provided to children. It also noted that management monitoring and oversight systems are providing managers with effective ways of scrutinising staff performance.

The report said: “Managers have engaged staff in developing a positive culture that inspires them to deliver good-quality care to children, including through difficult times. Managers are very aware of the areas that need development and improvement, and they have systems in place that assist their understanding so that they can drive positive change.”

Cllr Lynne Ayres, Peterborough City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Education, Skills and the University, said: “ I am delighted with such a positive report, this is a great reflection on the hard work undertaken by our amazing staff at the home. Clare Lodge cares for some of the most vulnerable children in our society and I am pleased that they are getting the right care they deserve’.

“However, we never get complacent and acknowledge the report's suggested measures to help ensure the home maintains a good standard, which we will take action to address. Our priority is ensuring that children and young people are provided with appropriate care, helping them reach their potential while keeping them safe from vulnerable situations."

You can read the Ofsted report for Clare Lodge here.