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Praise for children’s care home

A care home for children with learning disabilities in Waltham Forest has received praise from Ofsted following a surprise inspection.

Leyton Green Road was judged to have “improved effectiveness” in a report published by inspectors earlier this month – building on the “good” rating given to the care home last year.

Having carried out an unannounced interim inspection in March, Ofsted’s subsequent report described the Council-run home as “earnestly striving towards their goal of being a centre of excellence.”

It continued: “Children state that they ‘like staying at Leyton Green’. Staff describe their work as ‘great’ and they operate ‘like a family’. Parents express their satisfaction, commenting that the communication is ‘excellent’.”

Inspectors praised staff at the home for listening to the children’s views when making management decisions – allowing them to contribute to the staff appraisal process, play a key role in activity and menu planning and provide more critical feedback in resident’s meetings.

Cllr Mark Rusling, Waltham Forest Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People: “This is a fantastic report and credit should go to staff for their hard work and dedication, as well as to the young residents themselves for taking a degree of ownership over the care they receive at Leyton Green Road.

“Their combined achievements are all the more remarkable given that Ofsted judged the home to be ‘inadequate’ in 2013. Since then it has gone from strength to strength and, while there’s still room to make it even better, this latest report will give families that rely on this support service extra reassurance their children are receiving the high level of care they deserve.”

The report acknowledged the approach taken by staff to work with children and their families to help best prepare them for moving into or out of the home. Young people are given structured introduction periods to give them time to feel comfortable being away from home and to get used to their new environment. During these periods families can visit and work with staff to develop bespoke care plans.

Ofsted noted: “Children describe staff as being ‘kind and polite’, ‘happy’, ‘fun’, ‘very good’ and ‘helpful’. There is a greater recognition of staff member’s strengths, this contributes to increased morale and motivation. The Registered Manager describes staff as being ‘very conscientious’, this renewed focus contributes to the ‘momentum’ of positive changes.”

Leyton Green Road supports children and young people with learning disabilities and associated physical, health and behavioural needs. It offers planned overnight short breaks, emergency residential placements and day care and after school provision.

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