Brightwell children’s home is outstanding

Brightwell Children’s Home was awarded with an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating this month for the third successive time.

Brightwell is a registered children’s home that provides short breaks for children with disabilities who have complex needs, working closely with parents and families to provide valued support and care.

With only 9% of children’s homes inspected in 2007/08 gaining this grade, Merton’s only children’s home, is now one of the top in the country.

John Deegan, Manager of Brightwell said “It is a huge achievement for the centre to receive this award for the third time running. We never know when the inspection will take place so this accurately reflects our high standards and the hard work the team puts in on a day to day basis”.

Brightwell is subject to a minimum of two unannounced inspections every year. Having received several ‘Good’ inspection ratings, Brightwell achieved their first ‘Outstanding’ rating in December 2008 and a second ‘Outstanding’ rating was secured in the Spring.

The Ofsted report for the home states: ‘There continues to be excellent child-centred behaviour management systems in place which serve to promote the well-being of the children. Detailed behaviour management plans are in place to ensure that staff members are clear about how to respond to young people’s behaviour in an appropriate and constructive way’.

Cabinet member for children’s services Councillor Debbie Shears said “We’re proud that residents of Merton are able to access a fantastic facility such as Brightwell. Ofsted’s latest report confirms our view that children and families who engage with the staff and services at Brightwell are reassured that they will get the highest quality of care, safety and an enjoyable experience.”

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Press Contact:
Leoni Munslow
Communications Assistant
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 4654