Children’s homes ‘inadequate’

Children|March 9th 2016

Residential children’s homes in Staffordshire and Birmingham have been rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted.

The inspectorate said the two homes, the first run by a private firm and the second by Birmingham City Council, were characterised by “serious failures” that had left residents unprotected and vulnerable.

The Staffordshire facility specialises in older children and teenagers with emotional and behavioural problems, Children & Young People Now reports. But residents were neglected by the staff, declared Ofsted inspectors following an assessment in January.

“Young people with a history of risks such as fire-setting, self-injurious behaviour, sexualised behaviour and violence to others receive little support or guidance from staff, the home’s therapist or mental health agencies.”

Meanwhile, the home in Birmingham accommodates for children with disabilities or leaning difficulties. Inspectors were unhappy with the physical layout of the building, which had a leaking roof and blocked fire exits, as well as designed features which they declared excessive, according to the report.

“For example, the use of raised handles and high-sided beds is common practice and is not individually risk assessed. Managers, nurses and care staff say that these measures are carried out in the best interests of children and young people. However, staff do not consider alternative and less restrictive ways to keep children and young people safe.”

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