Rotherham short breaks facility celebrates good Ofsted report

Published Wednesday, 17th February 2016
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Rotherham’s Liberty House, a short breaks facility for children with disabilities and behavioural issues, has received a rating of ‘good’ following an Ofsted inspection last month.

The Rotherham Council-run residential care home, which offers a breaks service for children aged 8 to 18, received positive acclaim from inspectors, who praised Liberty’s ‘sustained effectiveness’ as being a key factor in their final decision.

Inspectors observed Liberty House over a two day period and looked at aspects of the service such as; how well children and young people were protected, the impact and effectiveness of leaders and managers and the overall experiences of residents living at the home.

The report acknowledged the children developed secure, positive relationships with management and staff, made good progress in all areas of development and whose life experiences improved as a direct result of the activities provided.

It recognised that staff also understand the complex needs of each individual in their care and nurtured a happy environment where children felt socially confident and enjoyed their experience there.

Advisory Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, Cllr Gordon Watson, said: "This review is a confidence boost for the team at Liberty House and is part of our commitment to ensuring our children and young people receive the best standard of care to meet their needs. It’s pleasing to see children are put at the centre of this service and their feedback reflects the staff’s dedication to make it an enjoyable place to visit."

The inspection marks significant progress for the Liberty House, an improvement which has been driven by Interim Service Manager Brent Lumley since the last review in December 2014.

Ian Thomas, Strategic Director, Children and Young People’s Services: "This grade is testament to the dedication and hard work of the staff at Liberty House, who have nurtured a positive and social environment which both our children and young people enjoy being involved with."

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