Six Children’s Homes in Derby has been praised by Ofsted, the education watchdog, for offering “positive experiences” for its children and young people.

Inspectors said young people “engaged in positive activities” at the homes – all rated as “good”, and enjoyed excellent relationships with the staff. The atmosphere in the homes was relaxed, warm and nurturing, they said. Ofsted also praised the leadership and management of the homes as “effective and highly motivated”.

One young person said:

“Staff spend lots of time with me and there is always someone here I trust and can talk to.”

The inspectors report highlights these relationships ensure that children and young people trust their adult caregivers and come to them for advice and support, which keeps them safer and helps them negotiate the complexities that they face.

Five of the homes were “good” in all areas, with an overall judgement of “good”, which Ofsted defines as “a service of high quality that exceeds minimum requirements”. One was rated “outstanding” for the impact and effectiveness of leaders and managers and was again rated as “good” overall.

Councillor Sara Bolton, Cabinet Member for Safeguarding and Children and Young People, said:

“The inspection reports are a credit to the young people and staff who work so hard together to achieve the best possible results. I am delighted that Ofsted inspectors recognised the positive ethos at Derby’s Care Homes, and the great work that is being done to support and nurture the young people.

“Ofsted have also recognises the strength of leadership. Working together for the most positive outcomes for our young people is at the heart of everything we do.”