Children placed in residential homes rated good or outstanding

West Sussex is committed to seeking the best possible outcomes for the children placed in children’s homes, and therefore seeks to place the great majority of children in homes which are ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’.
Children’s homes may be directly managed by the Local Authority, or by an independent, for profit company, or a voluntary organisation. The majority of children in the care of West Sussex are placed with independent companies. The arrangements for the registration and inspection of homes are the same, no matter which type of organisation manages the home.
The home are inspected at least once a year, and can receive four possible ratings -  outstanding; good; requires improvement; or inadequate. The first three indicate that a home has met, or exceeded, or the required standards. ‘Inadequate’ means that a home has failed to meet some, or all, of the standards required.
We aim to achieve 90% by 2022.

December 2019 performance

The overall figure is a slight decline from last quarter, but still ahead of the long term target, and well above the national average.  Increased pressure for placements has led to more children being placed at greater distance, where the frequency of good or outstanding homes is reduced.  Within the overall figure:
  • 10.8% of children are placed in homes rated as ‘outstanding’
  • 84.3% of children are placed in homes rated as ‘good’
  • 4.9% are placed in home rated as ‘requires improvement’.
No children are placed in homes rated as ‘inadequate’. One further child is placed in Wales, which does not have the same OFSTED regime for comparison.
Our 2019-20 milestone target is 88%
End of 2018-19 results showed 91.7% of placements are with providers who are rated good or outstanding, exceeding our target. There were no children placed by West Sussex which is rated as ‘inadequate’.

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West Sussex is committed to seeking the best possible outcomes for the children placed in children’s homes, and therefore seeks to place the majority of children in homes which are ‘outstanding’, or ‘good’. This target reflects a challenging level, in excess of the national average, but one to which we are very committed.
If homes are below the required standard, we will actively support them to improve their practice in order that they receive a higher rating at the next inspection. The target relates only to the annual inspection, not the interim inspections where these occur.