While staging a mock inspection is one of the best ways to prepare for your Children’s Home Ofsted Inspection, there are a number of self-assessment tasks you can undertake to discover whether or not your home is on the right track to meeting the Regulations and Standards. You can do this today and it won’t take you long. I promise.
Here are, 15 questions to ask before your next inspection.
Are the staff team knowledgeable about the dreams and aspirations of the children and young people in their care? (Really knowledgeable?)
Are the staff aware of whether or not the children and young people in their care are being bullied, either at home or at school? Are strong measures being taken to eliminate bullying?
Do the staff work to ensure the children and young people develop meaningful, healthy friendships both inside and outside the home?
Do the staff help the children and young people with their hobbies in an active, hands-on way?
Does each eligible young person have a thorough “transition plan” (pathway plan) to guide his or her journey into adulthood and independence?
Are the wishes of the children and young people routinely honored in household decisions?
Are children and young people actively consulted about what could and should be improved in the home?
Are staff, on the whole, emotionally engaged with the children and young people in the home, showing concern when the children are upset, interest in what the children are interested in, and so on?
Do staff help the children and young people with their homework on a nightly basis?
Are staff thoroughly aware of how well the children and young people are doing in school, including an in-depth knowledge of which subjects they have issues with, and which they excel in?
Are plans in place to bring children and young people up to speed in any areas of academic weakness that are present? Are children with learning disabilities enabled to excel?
Do staff regularly communicate with school teachers, and any other relevant school staff (e.g. counsellors)?
Do the staff work to ensure that children and young people eat high quality, nutritious foods? Do staff try to help children and young people learn about the importance of nutrition, and how to eat well?
Are children and young people encouraged to partake in physical activity? Are children and young people with disabilities sufficiently enabled to engage in physical activity in an accessible, enjoyable way?
Are the children and young people provided with adequate, inspired leadership? Do you have a well-thought-out vision for the home, one which staff and children alike are happy to work towards achieving?
Take a fearless moral inventory using the above questions. If you honestly answer yes to all of the above and are truly confident you can ‘evidence’ this then you are heading in the right direction.
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