Atkinson Secure Children’s Home; ‘well-managed, caring, safe and effective’
Posted on: 13 December 2019
The Atkinson Secure Children’s Home has received a glowing report after government inspectors said that each child feels ‘safe and secure’ and receives ‘good-quality individualised care.’
The Devon County Council-managed children’s home specialises in the welfare of children aged from 10 to 17 who are likely to either abscond, suffer significant harm or injure themselves or others.
A team of Ofsted and Care Quality Commission inspectors visited the home last month, and rated educational outcomes, safeguarding, leadership and the progress of the children as ‘good.’
Inspectors said that the staff are highly motivated and dedicated, and the children are listened to and fully involved in their care planning.
Each child is given opportunities to express their needs and to explain what is important to them and to make contributions towards their own futures and to life in the home.
The home provides high quality education and the relationships between staff and children are good. Staff ‘work hard to help children develop good attitudes to learning’ and the environment is ‘warm and welcoming’.
Children are supported to discuss their differences if conflict arises. This helps them to be respectful of one another and to become more tolerant.
The report adds: “The staff’s warm relationships with the children encourage positive behavioural change…they provide clear and structured boundaries…consequently, children reduce their risk-taking behaviour, feel safer and learn from their experience.
“This is a well-managed home. An experienced and settled senior leadership team provides good-quality guidance and support to the rest of the staff team.”
Councillor James McInnes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s services said: “I am delighted that inspectors have recognised how hard we all work to ensure that each and every child that stays at the home feels cared for and leaves with their self-esteem enhanced and better equipped to manage and deal with their feelings.
“This report is a tribute to the dedication and professionalism of every member of staff.”