Action taken on safeguarding concerns at council-run children’s home

West Sussex County Council Children’s Services have taken immediate action to address safeguarding concerns at a children’s home in Crawley following an Ofsted inspection.

In a report published on 27 September 2022, inspectors at Teasel Close found ‘in recent months, some of the children have not consistently been protected from harm.’

Teasel Close is a residential home that supports around 5 children. It is one of six homes run by the County Council.

Councillor Jacquie Russell, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “We fully accept the findings from the report and responsibility for the failings in the home, which our teams have been working hard to address.

“I am disappointed that a home that until recently Ofsted had rated as outstanding was not delivering the standard of service we demand from our homes.

“To address this, we have immediately put into place action plans to ensure the children and young people we care for are properly safeguarded. These plans have been shared with Ofsted to make sure we are complying with the high standards of care required and I am encouraged by the progress which has been made.

“We have taken on board the learning from the report to ensure we continue to meet those standards and welcome the next Ofsted visit where we can evidence the changes and improvements made.

“Teasel close is one of six children’s residential homes across West Sussex. Our teams are currently providing care and support for 25 children and young people with often complex needs across our residential estate.”