Chil­dren’s homes need im­prove­ment

Bucks re­vealed as one of worst per­form­ing coun­ties for care

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Anne Gouk anne.gouk@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Get_Bucks

BUCKS is one of the worst ar­eas in the coun­try for bad­lyper­form­ing chil­dren’s homes – with more than HALF in the area re­quir­ing im­prove­ment or fail­ing.

Anal­y­sis of pro­vi­sional data from Of­sted by [insert pub­li­ca­tion] has re­vealed that seven out of the 12 chil­dren’s homes in the area were rated as re­quir­ing im­prove­ment or in­ad­e­quate over­all – the two worst rat­ings.

The data, re­leased last week, re­flected the lat­est in­spec­tion each home had re­ceived, and was cor­rect as of June 30. It is pos­si­ble some homes may have been re-in­spected since then.

The fig­ures show that 80 per cent of chil­dren in Bucks chil­dren’s homes – or 106 out of 133 – were re­ceiv­ing care that was ei­ther in­ad­e­quate or needed im­prove­ment.

That left five homes, with just 27 chil­dren, being rated as good.

None were con­sid­ered out­stand­ing.

This makes Bucks one of the worst ar­eas in Eng­land for badly-per­form­ing chil­dren’s homes, be­hind the likes of Slough in Berk­shire, Sut­ton and Lam­beth in South Lon­don and Glouces­ter­shire.

Mean­while, Rut­land in the East Mid­lands and Wandsworth in Lon­don both saw 100 per cent of chil­dren in homes re­ceive out­stand­ing care.

Chil­dren’s homes of­fer care to vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple, for ex­am­ple those who are or­phaned or whose par­ents are un­able to look after them.

They are rated by Of­sted based on how well chil­dren are helped and pro­tected and the im­pact and ef­fec­tive­ness of lead­ers and man­agers.

Across Eng­land, just five per cent of the 12,511 places of­fered are in in­ad­e­quate homes – the ma­jor­ity are rated good, while 17 per cent are deemed out­stand­ing.

The names of all the chil­dren’s homes have been with­held.

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