Children’s home praised by inspector

THE Norwich Road children’s home in Wisbech has been described as outstanding or good in every respect by a Government inspector.

The inspector said the home’s overall quality rating was good and highlighted several areas which were outstanding - including helping children achieve and enjoy what they do, helping children make a positive contribution and helping them achieve economic well-being.

“All outcome areas are outstanding or good because children and young people receive high quality, individualised support and care. There is some excellent practice and strong leadership.

“Overall, the setting is run well and rigorous monitoring by managers and monthly visitors to the home drives increasingly high standards,” said the inspector.

Staff and managers at the home were consistently available to the children to work and nurture positive relationships with them.

“The education of children and young people is promoted successfully through outstanding working relationships with schools. They have excellent opportunities to develop confidence in their skills,” she added.

Helping children make a positive contribution was also rated as outstanding. “Children and young people are clearly appropriately placed in this respite setting.

“Their needs are assessed comprehensively and effectively and the respite package for each person is tailored well to their family and individual needs.

“Care plans are outstanding. All plans are reviewed regularly in the light of each child and young person’s progress,” the report said.

The report said staff were suitably vetted and their induction was thorough.

“Most staff are qualified and have been working in the setting for many years, providing a stable and committed staff group.”

The home was encouraged to ensure new staff received specific levels of supervision during their first six months and ensure new staff begin working towards suitable qualifications within three months.