Following the suspension of the registration at Bradbury View by Ofsted, the Foundation’s Trustees privately commissioned an independent review into the events that led to the closure by a former Local Authority social work manager with 31 years’ experience with Disabled Children and Young People, Learning Disabled Adults, Safeguarding, Residential and Fostering Services. The review report highlighted three key areas the Foundation should strengthen, including:
- Leadership, organisational culture, and quality monitoring
- Recruitment, Retention, supervision, and training of staff
- Quality and compliance issues in residential services
Trustees worked with the independent reviewer to ensure the report detailing the findings was as full and open as possible, whilst at the same time protecting the personal data of individual beneficiaries. We shared the report with relevant stakeholders, including parents of the young people who were living in the residence at the time of the closure. It has also been shared with regulatory bodies including the Charity Commission and Ofsted.
The Foundation has been working hard at addressing the recommendations from the review and continues to work closely with regulatory bodies as part of normal compliance and quality monitoring arrangements.
The suspension resulted in eleven children and young people needing to find alternative placements, two of which moved into the Foundation’s Adult Residential facilities all of which are rated good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). We are deeply sorry for the disruption caused to the children and their parents and carers following the closure. The Trustees commissioned the review because they wanted to understand what led to the closure of the service so that we could learn from it and rebuild the trust and confidence of all families, supporters, and commissioners to strengthen the future services we provide.
Our team supports hundreds of families each day through our special education and care services, and we are incredibly proud of the work that everyone does at the Foundation.
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