Statement about the decision to closure Bradbury View children’s home
Following a recent Ofsted inspection a compliance notice and suspension of the registration for our Bradbury View children’s home was served, which once met would allow the service to re-open. However, it is with deep regret that we today (Wednesday 30 September) confirm our decision to close our Bradbury View children’s home.
Our six bed short break respite facility located at the same site is not affected by this decision. This will remain temporarily closed due to the impact of COVID-19.
Bradbury View, located in the North East, was a 20-bed children’s home providing residential care for children and young people aged between 6 and 18-years-old, who have a learning difficulty and/or physical disability with additional needs.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis, we became aware that the children’s home has experienced a number of very concerning issues which were reported to the relevant regulatory authorities including Ofsted. We cooperated fully, openly and with complete transparency with the resulting investigations.
The Ofsted report from its inspection on 3 September has now been published and; whilst we have challenged the factual accuracy of some of the details of the report, we accept the thrust of its main conclusions. The facility had fallen below the high standards we expected of its service provision.
A meeting has now taken place with Ofsted to discuss the concerns raised and the impact of having to move the children and young people out of the home on them and their families.
Rather than continue the uncertainty, by trying to put actions in place to enable the home to re-open whilst managing the impact of COVID-19 across all of our services, the Board made the decision that this residential home should not re-open in the near future. We will now review how we best provide such a service for children in the future and to learn fully from the lessons which will come from an independent review. Our priority remains to keep all of our service users safe, protect them and their families from harm, and minimise the impact of this decision on them.
We have been in discussion and are continuing to work with the parents and the local authorities involved by providing alternative residential placements or support transition to new placements. The suspension resulted in eleven children and young people needing to find alternative placements, two of which have moved into the Foundation’s Adult Residential facilities all of which are rated good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
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In terms of the staff at Bradbury View, a process of consultation will begin and, where possible, we will be offering staff alternative employment. We have a number of vacancies across the foundation in a range of both residential and education services. In the meantime, we have redeployed the staff and are protecting their terms and conditions while we work through this process. We have been liaising with their union who fully support our approach and support for our staff. About 50 members of staff are affected by this process.
The Board is commissioning an external independent review of events so that any learnings are clear and implemented so that we can rebuild the trust and confidence of all families, supporters and commissioners to strengthen the future services we provide.
We are sorry that the children, young people and their families are having to go through this experience. We want to re-assure everyone that any concerns are being listened to and their views will help shape the future. We are co-operating with all the regulatory relevant authorities and will continue to do so at every stage of this process.
We will not be making any further comment at this time. We will now review the publication of the final Ofsted report in more detail and agree the way forward for the Bradbury View facility.
Jonathan Jowett, Chairman
Carole Harder, Chief Executive