Although we have been confident of it for some time, we are delighted to announce that we as a Group are now officially the UK’s leading children’s home provider.
This week, Ofsted published its latest report detailing the inspection profiles of the largest private and voluntary providers of children’s homes.
It was the first time that we had entered the top 10 of providers, based on the number of homes, and immediately we were ranked as number 1 in the shortlist. Our children’s homes stood head and shoulders above any of our competition, with 55% of our homes being judged as outstanding and the remainder as good. The below graph details just how strong our positon as the leading provider is.
Howard Tennant, Operations Director (Care), proudly commented on the announcement,
This is a fantastic achievement on two fronts. Firstly, that we have now grown to be one of the country’s largest providers of children’s homes. Secondly, and most importantly, that we are ranked as the best provider in terms of quality and Ofsted judgements. This is a huge achievement and confirms that we are doing everything we can to realise inspirational environments and amazing outcomes for all young people in our care.
Phil Jones, Chief Executive of Witherslack Group, added
This is a fantastic announcement and something that I am hugely proud of. We always have and always will put the young people at the centre of everything we do and this means that we will never compromise on the quality and standards of our provision. To have this recognised by Ofsted and to see our children’s homes announced as the very best across the country is proof that our approach is delivering for our young people in helping them achieve life changing outcomes. I would like to congratulate every one of our staff across all children’s homes and also every member of staff across our Group. This can only be achieved by a true Group effort – well done everyone.