Social care commentary: children’s homes

Eleanor Schooling of OFSTED writes that it is possible for homes to support
‘hard-to-place’ children and still achieve a good or better
inspection outcome. She says: 

Today, I want to talk about the children living in children’s homes.
While the majority of children looked after live in foster placements,
around one in 12 children live in children’s homes. Too often,
children’s homes do not get the recognition they deserve for the
significant role they play in some children’s lives. For some children,
residential care is a positive option
and it should be seen as such. Did
you know that our latest statistics show that 82% of children’s homes
are good or outstanding? It might not grab the headlines, but it is a
real achievement by the sector.

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Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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