‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating for Doncaster children’s home

A home caring for children and young people on Morrison Drive in Doncaster, has been deemed Outstanding by Ofsted in its latest inspection.

This latest good news follows two other ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted ratings for the Trust’s adoption service and it is home at Oaklands which provides short breaks for children with a range of complex disability, all in recent months.

Morrison Drive home, run by Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, has been praised by Ofsted for providing the children and young people with ‘a warm and nurturing ‘family’ home that offers excellent quality of care’.

This is, says inspectors, thanks to the ‘excellent relationship’ the children and young people have developed with staff ‘who represent positive role models’. The report adds that the staff speak with a great sense of ‘pride and joy’ about the children they care for. With one staff member sharing with the inspector that ‘I want to give them the life they deserve’.

Helping children and young people prepare for the future, the report highlights the extensive work that has been carried out by the team at the home to plan and tailor support for each child, helping them to build confidence, self-worth, and to thrive. A relative told the inspectors that their child ‘absolutely loves it there, I’m happy with that’.

The inspector also praised the work of the team to ‘effectively collaborate’ with professionals from education and health to improve the quality of life of young people in their care.

The report praised the ‘team’s high aspirations for children’s and young people’s education’ and added that they are ‘making good progress from their starting points’. It went on to add that the ‘creative and dynamic support’ offered by the team helped to support one young person to unwind from away from their home to prepare to prior to their exams.

The report added that the staff at the home support children and young people to ‘maintain family bonds and for some, may lead to reunification’.

Creating that sense of belonging and ‘family life, the report added that ‘children and young people enjoy holidays, day trips and activities…and cultural and diversity events. That widens their experiences and raises their awareness about difference’.

Commenting on the report, Chief Executive of Doncaster Children’s Services Trust Paul Moffat said: “At the Trust, we want to give the same level of commitment to young people in care as we would to our own children. I’m really proud that the team’s hard work to create a warm and nurturing home has been recognised by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’.

“Providing the very best care for children living in our homes couldn’t happen without the support of our partners and we would like to thank colleagues from health and the council for their continued support.”

Cllr Nuala Fennelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools, said:

“The council, alongside Doncaster Children’s Services Trust and our partners, are absolutely committed to making sure that our children and young people have the right environment to develop and thrive, and it’s fantastic to see that the work being done by the team at the Morrison Drive home to achieve this is being recognised by Ofsted as Outstanding”

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“Just to say a big thank you for all your support and everything that you have done. You are such a lovely person, thank you for being there.”

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