THREE Tameside children’s homes which look after some of the borough’s most vulnerable young people in care have been rated as “outstanding” by Ofsted.
The children’s homes – two of which are in Dukinfield and one in Ashton - have been recognised for providing exceptional care.
The outstanding rating is reflective of the “highly effective services that consistently exceed the standards of good” and the exceptional way in which the homes “contribute to significantly improved outcomes and positive experiences for children and young people who need help, protection and care.”
Tameside Council Executive Member for Children & Families Councillor Oliver Ryan said: "These fantastic results demonstrate our drive and commitment to achieve for our children. Our services are improving, we want the very best for our children, and more.
“Our homes, staff and services are outstanding and I know these homes will now build on their strengths to ensure their exceptional work continues to support children to be happy and achieve their very best. The services being offered are not only making a positive difference to our children's lives, but aspiring for their outcomes too.
“Well done to all our brilliant staff, who I know always put their hearts and souls in providing outstanding care for our children. The borough is proud to have you and we thank you for your service.”
The results follow the success of another home in Hyde being rated as good by Ofsted and the opening of a home in Denton, which hasn’t yet been inspected yet but follows significant investment by the Council.
The most recent Outstanding Ofsted report, published today (9 July), was for the children’s home in Ashton, which inspectors described as “exceptionally caring and nurturing” adding that it “provides young people with a safe and happy place to live.”
The report highlighted how the home supports contact with family members, helping to rebuild relationships with family being invited to BBQs and activities at the home. Young people are supported in individual activities, with one young person undertaking football trials for a premiership football club and regularly playing for the local team, supported by cheering staff.
Ofsted commented: “Staff have an in-depth knowledge of each young person and work with them in a way that promotes their individual strengths. This means that young people have a continuous sense of achievement, and this strengthens their individual self-esteem and confidence.”
At the first Outstanding rated home to be inspected in Dukinfield, inspectors noted that “relationships between young people and their keyworkers are outstanding”.
They said: “Staff have an in-depth knowledge of each young person and work with them in a way that promotes their individual strengths. This means that young people have a continuous sense of achievement, and this strengthens their individual self-esteem and confidence.”
One example of the exceptional opportunities given to children was where a young person recently completed an apprenticeship at a popular radio station where he created his own podcast and broadcast.
Of the second of the Outstanding rated homes to be inspected in Dukinfield, Ofsted said: “Young people live in a happy, relaxed and comfortable environment. They form excellent relationships with staff, who genuinely have their best interests at heart.”
Highlights include young people being active in the redevelopment of the home’s sensory garden and the design and decoration of their bedrooms. A young person said to inspectors: “I love it here. I like the staff and I really like the food and my bedroom.”
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