Hat-trick of outstanding reports for Norfolk children’s home

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A Norfolk children’s home has secured a hat-trick of outstanding Ofsted inspections, receiving praise across the board for its quality of care, children’s achievements and leadership and management.

Marshfields, in West Lynn, was found to boost children’s independence and confidence, support their education and give them access to opportunities they might not otherwise enjoy.

The home, which is run by Norfolk County Council, provides short-breaks to up to four children at a time. It caters for children with a range of disabilities and needs.

Inspectors visited the home in December and spoke to children, parents, staff and social workers.

Ofsted has now published its report, highlighting good practice in every area.

Inspectors found:

• Young people who stay at the home are helped to make highly significant progress in areas such as confidence, resilience and independence.

• Staying at the home provides them with opportunities for experiences they may not otherwise have.

• Staff have consistently high aspirations for the young people who use the service.

• There is a strong focus on communication in the home. Young people’s communication needs do not prevent them from expressing their views and having a high level of participation in the home.

• Young people experience safe care.

• Young people who stay at the home make exceptional progress.

• Parents and social workers speak very highly of the service and the care that is provided for young people. One parent said: “I cannot commend Marshfields enough on the commitment they so freely give, they care and it shows, immensely.”

James Joyce, Cabinet Member for Safeguarding Children at Norfolk County Council, said: “This is a fantastic report and testament to the hard work of all of the staff at Marshfields.

“It is vitally important to ensure that children with disabilities have a range of opportunities to socialise with their peers and enjoy fun activities that can also support their independence.

“Marshfields is a brilliant example of partnership work in action, with staff from the home working alongside schools, parents and social workers to support children’s needs and ensure a joined up approach to their care. This is the best practice we must develop across our services and I would like to congratulate Marshfields on what they are achieving for children and young people.”

Nicola King, Team Manager at the home, added:” I am so proud to have such a forward looking and committed team that has provided consistent care to Norfolk’s young people.

“The whole team are thrilled to have achieved an outstanding judgement again but we are not complacent and are already looking at how we can further develop our services over the next year.”