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Inspectors hail improvements at children's home

Inspectors have praised major improvements which have taken place at a Wolverhampton children's home.

Ofsted declared that Upper Pendeford Farm, managed by Wolverhampton City Council, provides effective services that help, protect and care for the 6 children and young people with emotional or behavioural difficulties who live there.

And they rated it good - just 12 months after it was deemed to be inadequate.

Inspectors found the young people to be making "exceptional progress" in education because of the specially tailored support they were receiving to challenge barriers to learning from the "experienced, skilled and motivated" staff.

They also highlighted the "exceptionally strong" partnerships between staff at Upper Pendeford Farm and other agencies which were supporting young people's development and reflecting their needs, and the strong monitoring systems which are in place to further develop the home.

Inspectors rated the overall experience and progress of children and young people at the home, how well they are helped and protected, and the impact and effectiveness of leaders and managers as all being good.

Councillor Val Gibson, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "This is a very positive inspection and I'd like to congratulate the team at Upper Pendeford Farm who have worked tremendously hard to transform the home over the last 12 months.

"The young people who live there are among some of the most vulnerable in Wolverhampton, and have had a particularly difficult start to their lives. We have a duty of care to them and I'm delighted that they are receiving high quality help and support at Upper Pendeford Farm.

"While we are very pleased with the result of this inspection, we will not be resting on our laurels as we strive to improve the service offered to young people at Upper Pendeford Farm still further, including addressing those areas which the inspectors highlighted for development in their report."

  • released: Wednesday 8 July, 2015