Ofsted judge Restorative’s Church View children’s home as outstanding

We are delighted to report that in a routine Ofsted inspection this November, our Church View home for looked after children and young people was judged as outstanding, with inspectors happy with all reviewed aspects of our care.

Ofsted make regular routine inspections of looked after children’s homes to ensure children are receiving the best possible care and that they are making better than good progress.

Ofsted commented: “The actions of the children’s home contribute to significantly improved outcomes and positive experiences for children and young people who need help, protection and care.”

The inspectors who visited Church View spoke to the young people who were able to explain how they were looked after at the home. Inspectors were impressed by the way staff listened to the young people, helped them to overcome difficulties and find new interests, spoke up for them, and supported them with their education.

It was also noted during the inspection how our young people at Church View take part in activities in the community, and how staff work with them individually to develop their skills and knowledge, according to their needs, which has helped to boost their confidence and self-esteem.

The Ofsted judgement also considered the safety and protection of young people and noted how consistently staff work together within Restorative Social Care Services to put boundaries in place; and how well they work with external agencies to prevent and manage risks.

Inspectors commented too on the good communication between children and staff. They saw how the Church View manager is child-focused and has high expectations of staff and for the children. The inspectors also recognised how the manager supports new and existing staff to use a range of opportunities to learn and develop to continually improve the quality of care provided.