Secure children’s home in Exeter praised by Ofsted and Care Quality Commission

The Atkinson Secure Children’s Home in Exeter has received a glowing report from Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).   

Government inspectors said that each child at the Beacon Heath unit feels ‘safe and secure’ and receives ‘good-quality individualised care’.

The Devon County Council-managed 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 CQC inspectors visited the home last month, and rated educational outcomes, safeguarding, leadership and the progress of the children as ‘good.’

They said that 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, added the inspectors.

The home was also praised for providing high-quality education and the relationships between staff and children are good.

Staff also ‘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, said the inspectors.

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.”

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