More Ofsted Success for Sunderland’s Children’s Homes

Martin Birch, Director of Social Care with Mark Christie, Manager of Revelstoke Road Children's home.

Together for Children’s Revelstoke Road children’s home has been rated good by Ofsted following an inspection in June.

Together for Children (TfC) provides children’s services and manages four children’s homes in Sunderland that each accommodate six young people aged between 12 and 18.

This latest positive feedback follows a good rating for the Grasswell House home in May and outstanding ratings for two homes in 2018.

Inspectors highlighted:

  • comprehensive care plans and risk assessments that are regularly reviewed and updated.
  • technology used to record memories and photographs of key achievements and milestones.
  • how staff organise a range of activities to suit each young person’s interests.
  • a good ethos to education and to children and young people achieving.
  • a good safeguarding culture within the home.
  • children and young people have very positive relationships with the adults who care for them and they can discuss their worries and concerns.

Inspectors also remarked that when there have been significant safeguarding incidents, the correct procedures have been followed with staff utilising individual risk assessments to manage risk effectively.

The Ofsted report states ‘When children and young people have been missing from the home, the staff team has been proactive in aiding the safe return of children and young people. An emphasis is given to return home interviews with an independent visitor. This means that children and young people benefit from talking to someone independent of the home.’

The report also describes an experienced, qualified and nurturing staff team.

Deborah Jenkins, Chair of Together for Children, said: “For all of our residential children’s homes to be rated by Ofsted as good or outstanding is a great achievement. Key workers in each of our residential homes are committed to supporting young people to achieve to their fullest and so it’s pleasing to see that recognised by Ofsted.”

Martin Birch, Director of Children’s Social Care at TfC, said: “This result is testament to the high quality care and hardworking staff and management within our children’s homes. We are continuously looking at new and innovative ways to improve outcomes for our children and young people, so it’s good to have Ofsted comment on practice including the introduction of residential staff having opportunities to consult a Clinical Psychologist each month, so they can continue to develop and improve the support and care they provide for our children and young people.”

Mark Christie, Manager of the Revelstoke Road home, said: “We are committed to continual improvement both within the structure of the home and to staff development. Every young person deserves the best and so we engage with them and support each one to the maximum.”

Together for Children has provided children’s services on behalf of Sunderland City Council since 2017 and these latest Ofsted results follow good reports for its independent fostering agency and voluntary adoption agency.

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