Children’s homes need improvement
Bucks revealed as one of worst performing counties for care
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.