The Cygnets children’s home has been rated among the very best in the country by inspectors from Ofsted.
The home was inspected in October this year and was judged to be outstanding in all areas.
The Cygnets provides short breaks for children with learning disabilities, including those with complex health needs.
The inspectors found the experiences of young people, how they are helped and protected, and the effectiveness of leaders and managers to all be outstanding.
Inspectors also praised the staff for the support they had given to families throughout the pandemic – providing outreach support to reduce isolation and ensuring the care needs of the children were being met despite the restrictions.
Cllr Julie Reed, cabinet member for children and families, said:
“The Cygnets provides a lifeline for many local families. Bringing up children with complex needs can be exhausting so having a break while at the same time knowing the child is being well looked after is vital.
“As well as providing a break for carers, the children enjoy a wide range off activities they may not be able to access with their families.
“I am delighted that the hard work of the team at the Cygnets has been recognised by the inspectors – commenting the staff are nurturing and fully committed to ensuring that children feel at home, settled and enjoy their stay.
“The council has no greater responsibility than looking after vulnerable children. Being judged outstanding in every area shows the Cygnets is making a real positive difference to these children and their families”.