Wigan’s Children’s Residential Homes Rated Good

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Each of Wigan Borough’s local authority run children’s residential homes have now been officially rated ‘Good’ in recent inspections.

The Government’s Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services, and Skills (Ofsted) visited each of the borough’s four homes between October 2021 and March this year.

This week, the council received word that The View, in Hindley, the most recent home to be inspected, had also been rated, ‘Good’ across all areas of inspection.

Colette Dutton is the Director of Children’s Services at Wigan Council.

She said:
“This is fantastic news.

“We’ve worked hard over the past few years to make sure that our residential homes offer the right sort of support to both children and their families and foster carers.

“I’m so proud of all of our staff who work in or with our residential homes.

“A ‘Good’ rating is not easy to achieve, so the fact that we’ve been awarded this grade across all of our homes is a true testament to their hard work and commitment.

“I also want to thank some of the fantastic, caring, people in the areas of the borough where our homes are based. They play a valuable role, making sure that some of the borough’s most vulnerable children are well supported and made welcome in their local communities.”

The four homes support over 100 children each year, sometimes by offering residential care, but mostly through specialist outreach support.

Over half of the children supported have physical, sensory, or learning disabilities. Others have emotional difficulties. One of the homes, in Leigh, is dedicated to supporting children with complex needs, and one of the homes in Hindley offers short breaks for children with physical or learning disabilities.

Ofsted’s most recent report on The View highlighted the strong social work presence at the home and the ‘nurturing, caring and skilled staff’. Inspectors praised the support offered to foster carers and the partnership work with clinical staff, who brought an extra level of support to children with additional needs.

Reports on the other homes also described them as ‘nurturing and homely’ and staff were praised on helping children feel secure and on having ‘child focussed’ approaches to their work. The strong levels of assessment, risk management, and team development were also highlighted.

Colette added:
“Our next steps will be to make sure that all children in our care continue to have a positive experience of life.

“We plan to strengthen relationships across the council, and with our partner organisations, as we all have a responsibility to support the children who are in our care.

“Whilst the ‘Good’ gradings are a fantastic achievement, and should be celebrated, we are ambitious, as we need to be for the children we work with.

“We will continue working on our journey towards gaining ‘Outstanding’ gradings in the future.”