Staff and young people at The Birches and The Grange children’s homes are celebrating after receiving Outstanding Ofsted reports. The Birches, based in Southport, is home to young people with speech, language and social communication difficulties, while The Grange, located in Durham, meets the needs of young people with complex educational needs, communicational difficulties and challenging behaviours.

The Ofsted report summarised what The Birches is achieving by saying: “The children’s home is making an outstanding difference to young people’s lives. The commitment and quality of care provided by staff enables young people to make and sustain exceptionally good progress.” While, The Grange received similar praise from its inspection, with comments including: “The home provides exceptional personalised, well planned care for the children. The individual needs of each child are taken into account and their views and wishes listened to.”

Nicki Carroll, the Registered Manager of The Birches, commented: “As a team, we continue to strive to deliver the highest possible standards of care and support to our young people. It is fantastic to be awarded another Outstanding result by Ofsted, but more importantly it is wonderful to know that we are supporting our young people in a way that allows them to succeed and look to the future with real positivity.”

Cris Beattie, the Registered Manager at The Grange, added: “We are committed to our young people and work tirelessly to ensure they have the best support and care possible. It was a delight to receive the outstanding result and know that Ofsted recognises that we are giving our young people the greatest opportunity to develop and thrive as they approach maturity.”