Outstanding Ofsted Inspections

1 Jul 2020

We are incredibly proud that two of our children’s homes have been ranked as Outstanding by Ofsted. Both Trafalgar Lodge and North Street have been visited by Ofsted this year and wowed the inspectors with their ‘outstanding standard of care’, granting them the highest rating possible. In fact this is the second year Trafalgar Lodge have received an Ofsted outstanding rating.

Trafalgar Lodge, one of our residential homes for children with disabilities, was applauded for their creative approach in involving the young people in day to day operations and helping them communicate. They saw how supported our young people feel, and because of this how they were expressing themselves much more, making informed choices, and achieving brilliant things.  

Ofsted were very happy with the amenities available for the children and the wonderful trips they are frequently taken on. They particularly praised the inclusion of children’s parents in these trips, including a trip to Harry Potter Studios were a young person’s mum came too. This allowed her to spend quality time with her child on an exciting day out whilst still having the right support – something that before would not have been possible for them.

North Street was also recognised for the excellent way in which everyone there supports the young people in their endeavors, both bigger picture and every-day. Ofsted noted how well the staff were trained and how there was ‘an excellent range of training courses’ available to them, both to benefit the children’s specific needs and ones for staff to develop themselves professionally. The children at North Street had a comprehensive understanding of health and safety, and felt that any conflicts in the home were dealt with fairly.

Something we are really proud of is that all the young people in the home can name staff that they trust and can confide in – this is incredibly important to us. Giving our young people the space to open up and talk is so important in building their confidence and helping them work through any complex and upsetting feelings they may have. Knowing that our approach and dedication to providing the highest possible level of care to our young people is paying off and being recognised is absolutely fantastic.

To have our hard work recognised and praised is such a moral boost to all of us here at Break, however the biggest thanks needs to go to the amazing staff that work in the homes. Although incredibly rewarding, working in care is not easy and it takes really hard work and resilience – we are so fortunate and grateful to have such committed staff who continue to go above and beyond for our young people. Their tenacity and dedication does not go unnoticed and we are extremely proud of the work that everyone at Break does to keep changing lives.

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