Staff and young people at Stonycroft Children’s Home are celebrating after receiving an outstanding verdict in their latest Ofsted inspection.

The Cumbria based children’s home was judged as outstanding in all areas and the report was glowing with praise for staff and the excellent progress of young people due to the guidance, care and support they receive.

Here is just a sample of some of the comments included in the report:

Based on their starting points when first entering the home, young people make excellent progress in all areas of their lives. This is because of the aspirational culture and underpinning ethos of the home. This helps young people to develop a positive outlook on life and have ambition for their future.


Staff work hard to promote family relationships, even when this has been challenging. They ensure that young people are supported to have the best contact they can with families and those that are important to them. This demonstrates to young people that they are cared about, and staff work with them and their social workers to maintain or improve relationships with their family.

Staff encourage young people to follow a routine and to learn new skills. Staff teach essential practical skills, such as cooking, budgeting and completing laundry, and help them to develop emotional resilience. Every effort is made to help prepare young people for their transitions to young adulthood.

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