West Lynn children’s home given a glowing Ofsted report

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Marshfields children’s home in West Lynn has secured a hat-trick of outstanding Ofsted inspections, receiving praise for its care.

It was found to boost children’s independence and confidence, support their education and give them access to opportunities they might not otherwise enjoy.

The home provides short breaks for up to four children at a time. It caters for children with a range of disabilities and needs.

Inspectors visited the home, which is run by Norfolk County Council, in December.

Ofsted has now published its report, highlighting good practice in every area.

Inspectors found:

n Young people who stay at the home are helped to make highly significant progress in areas such as confidence, resilience and independence.

n Staying at the home provides them with opportunities for experiences they may not otherwise have.

n Staff have consistently high aspirations for the young people who use the service.

n There is a strong focus on communication in the home. Young people’s communication needs do not prevent them from expressing their views and having a high 
level of participation in the home.

n Young people experience safe care.

n Young people who stay at the home make exceptional progress.

n Parents and social workers speak very highly of the service and the care that is provided for young people. One parent said: “I cannot commend Marshfields enough on the commitment they so freely give, they care and it shows, immensely.”

Nicola King, team manager at the home, said: “I am so proud to have such a forward looking and committed team that has provided consistent care to Norfolk’s young people.

“The whole team are thrilled to have achieved an outstanding judgement again but we are not complacent and are already looking at how we can further develop our services over the next year.”