Sutton Council Children’s Home receives ‘Good’ Ofsted rating


Willow Rise, a children’s home run by the London Borough of Sutton, has received a ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted.

The home, that has just recently been refurbished, provides care and accommodation to children who may be experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties.

The Ofsted report praised the home on the effectiveness of its managers and leaders, commenting; ‘The children’s home provides effective services that meet the requirements for good’, and that they “have taken learnings from their experiences since the home began development and have made significant changes across many aspects of the service.”

Other positive comments included the recognition of “new robust systems of practice, in particular, work to improve the admissions and matching process to support a positive transition for children moving into the home, and other observations including “how the management and staff champion culture and diversity in their work with children.”

Councillor Marian James, Chair of the People Committee, said: “I am delighted that Willow Rise has received praise from inspectors at Ofsted. The home was created by the Council in 2020, in response to a specific need to support vulnerable young people in our borough, and we rose to the challenge.

“We are strongly committed to ensuring our young people are cared for and given the right opportunities to help them thrive. Willow Rise provides that safe environment for a young person to grow and prepare them for life beyond the home. I am proud of everything that the staff there have achieved since it opened – congratulations to them all!.”