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.