Sunderland Children’s Home Praised by Children’s Services Watchdog

Grasswell House

Sunderland Children’s Home Praised by Children’s Services Watchdog


The Grasswell House children’s home in Houghton-le-Spring has been rated good by Ofsted following a full inspection in May.


The home is one of four run by Together for Children, the organisation that delivers children’s services on behalf of Sunderland City Council.


In 2018 Ofsted rated two of Sunderland’s homes as outstanding, so this latest inspection result means all four homes have judgements of either good or outstanding.


Inspectors praised:

  • bespoke care plans and risk assessments that identify the needs of children and young people.
  • how key-workers spend good quality time with their key child and young person including joining them on an activity of choice.
  • staff training in self-harm and anti-bullying to support young people with complex behavioural and emotional needs.


The purpose-built home provides accommodation for up to six young people aged between 12 and 18 and is currently undergoing a refurbishment including new kitchen and decoration throughout the home.


Councillor Louise Farthing, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services in Sunderland, said:

“For all of our residential children’s homes to be rated by Ofsted as good or outstanding is great news for young people experiencing a range of difficulties. I commend all of the staff committed to high quality service delivery.”


Deborah Jenkins, Independent Chair, at Together for Children, said: “This good result is testament to the dedication of our teams to support disadvantaged children and young people. Key-workers really help to improve self-esteem amongst our groups.”


Barry Hall, Acting Manager of Grasswell House, said: “We work hard to make our home a supporting and welcoming environment where young people feel safe and receive encouragement to progress to the best of their ability.”


Anyone wishing to find out more about Together for Children may visit or email


Left to Right Photo caption: Deborah Jenkins TfC Chair, Barry Hall Acting Manager of Grasswell House, Councillor Louise Farthing.