Group image of the team at Westland Drive children's home.

Westland Drive children’s home, which provides short breaks for young people with complex needs, is celebrating yet another year of ‘outstanding’ Ofsted success.

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The short break home, which is based in Padgate, received the highest possible rating in its latest inspection, making it the 11th consecutive time the home has achieved the feat.

The team at Westland Drive, which is run by the council, have once again been praised by Ofsted inspectors for their work to provide high quality respite care for children and young people between the ages of four and 17 with complex health needs, autism, and disabilities.

The home received the maximum rating in each of the three categories in which it was judged - the overall experiences and progress of young people, how well they are helped and protected, and the effectiveness of leaders and managers.

Inspectors found that children are exceptionally well cared for, forming strong and positive relationships with staff, to help them feel safe and secure.

Staff were praised for ensuring all children and young people are treated with dignity and respect and are encouraged to express their individual identities. They make sure children’s wishes and feelings are heard and acted on, and actively seek their views on all aspects of their care, using the child’s preferred communication methods.

Ofsted also praised Westland Drive for providing children with opportunities which expand their life experiences through a wide range of stimulating activities to meet their sensory needs, hobbies and interests, including trips to zoos, going to local parks, sports, train rides, messy play and crafts in the home.

Further praise from Ofsted focused on the quality of emotional well-being support plans in place for all children, and the strong leadership at the home, with the management team approachable and supportive. This is fostering a culture in which staff have high ambitions for what the children can achieve and place their needs at the heart of all the work they do.

Warrington Borough Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for children, families and education, Cllr Jean Flaherty, said: "I’m thrilled to congratulate the entire team at Westlands Drive on achieving their 11th consecutive 'outstanding' Ofsted report. It’s a phenomenal achievement and a true testament to the dedication and hard work of everyone at the home.

“It's clear that the staff are doing an exceptional job, and their commitment to the children in their care shines through in the report. Supported by strong leadership, they continue to create a nurturing environment that prioritises the well-being and development of each child.

“We are committed to providing outstanding care and support for all of Warrington’s children and young people, so it’s fantastic that, in Westland Drive, we have a children’s home we can be really proud of. The high quality of care they provide, which is helping children reach their full potential, means this latest Ofsted success is well deserved.”


Notes to editors

  • Westland Drive children’s home is staffed by a registered manager, assistant manager, residential care workers, residential support workers, and night staff.
  • All staff members receive training in safeguarding, medication, and a variety of different communication methods to support children and young people with complex needs.
  • The home offers individual packages of overnight support, via assessments from a qualified social worker from the council’s disabled children’s team.
  • A range of different activities – including day trips out – and support are on offer for young people to build up their independence, communication, and social skills
16 May 2024