Abbeyford Children’s Home in St Helens is on course to retain its ‘good’ Ofsted rating.
An interim inspection by the watchdogs concluded that the Rainford Road home had ‘sustained effectiveness’ and that it ‘continues to be led by a dynamic and supportive management team.’
The home provides short term breaks and some respite care for children and young people with physical and learning difficulties between the ages of seven and 17.
The inspectors added that young people at the home continue to make good progress across all areas of their development and enjoy their time at the setting.
Inspectors sounded a note of caution however when they pointed out that reports submitted by Abbeyford management did not consistently clearly evaluate or analyse the care practice.
Yet they noted that action has been taken to improve the home’s ‘missing from care’ procedures and that staff were ‘acutely aware’ of the associated risks for each young person. Systems for the administration and recording of medication were also found to be ‘robust.’
St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Early Years and Young People’s Services, Councillor Lynn Glover said: “Some of the most encouraging findings are around the relationships between staff, the children and their families.
“As the inspectors point out, the young people at Abbeyford clearly enjoy spending time with the staff – and the sound of young people’s laughter can be heard throughout the house.”
Interim Ofsted inspections result in a judgement that sees settings awarded an ‘improved in effectiveness’, ‘sustained effectiveness’ or ‘declined in effectiveness’ rating since the previous full inspection.