Ofsted rates Brightwell children’s home outstanding

Brightwell Children’s Home in Morden has secured an overall outstanding quality rating following an unannounced inspection by Ofsted last month.

Brightwell offers overnight short breaks to children with disabilities. These short breaks are a key support to families and are organised to suit the needs of the particular child and family.

The home is registered to provide short-term care for children and young people aged 5 – 17 years with physical and/or learning disabilities.

Manager at Merton’s Brightwell House, John Deegan says: “When we spoke to Ofsted in March this year only one short breaks children’s home in the country had this rating. We’re absolutely thrilled, especially since our inspections are always unannounced”.

“Our priority is to give children and young people an enjoyable experience. At Brightwell they can spend time with their friends while their parents know that they are safe and their individual needs are being met.”

Children and young people who attend Brightwell get to take part in a range of indoor and outdoor activities including sports, arts and crafts, day trips, electronic games and much more.

The Ofsted report states “The promotion of equality and diversity is outstanding. Evidence supports a consistent commitment to improving equality and diversity in practice. The quality and detail of young people’s plans also supports this commitment.”

Councillor David Williams, Leader of Merton Council says: “We’re very pleased with the positive feedback Brightwell has received from Ofsted. I would like to congratulate all the staff at Brightwell who work very hard to give the young people attending the centre a positive and enjoyable experience. We’re proud to offer such excellent services to children in Merton.”

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Brightwell Respite Care House
Worsfold House
Church Road
Mitcham CR4 3BE
Tel: 020 8545 4226
Email: children@merton.gov.uk
Families can plan bookings at the home for up to three months in advance. There is also a degree of flexibility to accommodate plans made at short notice and in emergencies.

For more information and/or an informal visit, members of the public can contact John Deegan on 020 8646 6055.