Pathways Children’s Home receives an Outstanding Judgement from Ofsted.

Cornwall’s Council’s Pathways children’s home has been praised as outstanding in a positive report by Ofsted Inspectors.

The outstanding judgement given to the St Blazey children’s home by Inspectors is the highest level possible and is only awarded to homes which provide highly effective services that support children and young people in need of help, protection and care to make greater than expected progress.  The recent changes to the Ofsted criteria mean that receiving this judgement is a significant achievement for the Cornwall Council run service.

For those who do not know what this facility does, Pathways is a nine bedded purpose-built home which offers personalised care packages to children and young people aged between five and 17 years with emotional and/or behavioural difficulties, and with learning disabilities.   This includes long-term residential care and crisis and assessment support.

The excellent staff at Pathways.

The excellent staff at Pathways.

The report by Ofsted Inspectors highlights the dedication and commitment of staff to provide the best possible service to young people and concludes that the high standard of care provided at the home ensures that the young people make significant social, emotional and practical progress.

As the Cabinet Member I am very proud of the commitment and achievements of the Disabled Children and Therapy Service and the skills of the staff who provide short breaks and residential care to disabled children. I am delighted that the dedication and skills of the staff at Pathways has been recognised by Ofsted. Their professionalism, support and dedication makes a positive difference to the lives of disabled children and their families. They make a real contribution to improving outcomes for children and giving them a brighter future.

Ofsted has raised the bar for inspections, making it much more difficult for services to reach a rating of ‘Good’ let alone ‘Outstanding’. I would like to congratulate everyone at the home for achieving this ‘Outstanding’ judgement from Inspectors. Pathways is a wonderful resource which is invaluable to the children and parents it supports. Well done.

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