Amar House Ofsted rated Good in all areas

Amar House has recently received Ofsted rating Good in all areas, following a full inspection in November 2023.

Congratulations to the team!

Congratulations to Sarah Faller, registered manager, and our team at Amar House on the many positive comments they received from Ofsted during the inspection. Quality of care, help and protection children receive at Amar House and the effectiveness of leadership in place at the home were praised in detail.

“Trusting relationships with staff”

The care for children living at Amar House was particularly noted by Ofsted to be characterised by “trusting relationships with staff” and that children seek out guidance and support when they need it. Children are understood by staff, including their individual, additional needs and how they most effectively receive information that “meets their communication style”.

Child-focused care

Care for young people at Restorative always aims to be individually child-focused and never more so than when it comes to transitions. Ofsted noted how transitions for children at Amar House are “planned extensively” and conducted at a pace to suit their individual needs. Management will also challenge where transitions could be more individualised – a sign of Restorative’s focus on effective leadership and support of the team.

Ofsted also commented how each child has a “detailed and individual risk assessment” and that these are “thorough documents” which staff have good knowledge of and keep regularly updated. They noted how staff have good knowledge and understanding of the necessary procedures, such as missing from home, fire assessments and safety-related checks.

“Supportive of staff, children and their families” 

The registered manager was described by Ofsted as “child-focused” in wanting to see all children in her care “succeed and grow”. Contact with families is facilitated in a positive, warm and welcoming way, which children and their families appreciate and benefit from.

Both registered manager and deputy manager are seen to work effectively together, recognising the strengths, but also areas for development, of the home. And, inline with our constant goal of individual care and support for every young person, they are “proactive to collect wishes and feelings of the children and act upon anything that the children need”.

Well done to the team

Well done to our team at Amar House on another good inspection from Ofsted. We look forward to supporting on ongoing plans to build on excellent practice and quality of support to children and young people at Restorative.