Two city centre homes for children gain 'good' Ofsted rating

Residents / 21 Dec 2015

Two children's homes run by Peterborough City Council have been judged 'good' by Ofsted.

Cherry Lodge is a home for children with sensory impairment, learning disabilities and physical disabilities.

The Manor provides short breaks and day care for children with disabilities and support for their parents or carers.

Cherry Lodge of Orton Goldhay, Peterborough has now been judged 'good' for four consecutive full inspections. The home offers dedicated support to up to eight children with particularly high needs.

The inspection judged that the experiences and progress, help and protection for young people, as well as the effectiveness of leadership and management for the home were rated 'good'.

The Manor, in the Newark area of Peterborough, was highlighted for its approach in meeting a range of young people’s needs and providing a warm and familiar environment.

Wendi Ogle-Welbourn, corporate director for people and communities at Peterborough City Council, said: "We are very proud of the care and support we offer children and young people in Peterborough.

"Both Cherry Lodge and The Manor have a proven track record of providing excellent care for children with additional needs, thanks to clear leadership and skilled, compassionate staff.

"It is great news that Ofsted has recognised the hard work and commitment that these homes provide for children and their carers."

The Ofsted report for Cherry Lodge states: "The home is warm and welcoming. Children enjoy new life experiences and activities, all of which enhance their development whilst encompassing their individual needs.

"The management and staff team in the home is stable, which allows children to form trusting relationships with familiar care givers.  

"Very strong links exist between the home and family members. Views of families inform all decision making. Care is dependable and consistent, children feel safe here."

The Ofsted report about the Manor includes: "The manager furnishes the home environment to meet a range of young people’s needs. Staff confidently use a range of mobility aids without the home presenting as a clinical environment.

"Young people who stay for the short breaks stay in the same bedroom on each visit, they personalise the room with items during their stays.

"Photographs of young people and staff are present in all areas of the home. This contributes to a sense of belonging, familiarity and comfort for young people."

An Ofsted judgement of 'good' indicates that a home 'provides effective services that help, protect and care for children and young people and have their welfare safeguarded and promoted.'