Local children’s home rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted

A local South Leeds children’s home, Fountain House, has received an Outstanding Ofsted rating following a recent inspection. The home, run by Five Rivers Child Care provides children with specialist care, education and therapy.

The home is a very specialised location for children who have experienced trauma, abuse or neglect and are unable to cope with a ‘normal’ family foster setting yet.

This report recognises the exceptional quality of work and dedication of the caring staff who help to give children brighter futures. The report also praises the Manager of the children’s home, describing them as “forward-thinking” and promoting “a learning culture”.

The report, published this week, recognised how Fountain House:

“Is an exceptionally happy family home, with the children’s presence felt, seen and heard. Children love living here. They have fun and make phenomenal progress. The quality of children’s lives significantly improves because of their experience of living in the home.”

Five Rivers Child Care, a social enterprise, provides safe, homely environments and specialist trauma-informed care for children with complex needs. Care staff and psychologists work one to one with children to establish positive relationships, good communication and healthy routines.

The report highlights how the Manager “uses research-informed practice to continually develop the staff’s skills and knowledge” and how “learning is disseminated through meticulously planned team meetings.” This means that the staff continually update their practice so that the children are cared for by a highly skilled team.

Reflecting on the report, the home’s Manager Stacey Wagstaffe says,

“It shows the dedication and commitment of the team. The children are making great progress and we love our Fountain House Family. We are delighted with the inspection and will continue learning and improving.”

To find out more about Five Rivers Child Care, or if you would like to find out more about starting a career in residential care, visit: www.five-rivers.org

You can read the full report here.


This post is based on a press release issued by Five Rivers Child Care


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