Children’s care home can’t take more youngsters after scathing Ofsted report

Children’s care home can’t take more youngsters after scathing Ofsted report

by Tom Martin (November 2021)

A CHILDREN’S care home in Formby has been banned from taking on any more youngsters after a damning inspection.

Clumber Lodge Care Home for Children & Young People, on Victoria Road, received an ‘Inadequate’ rating by Ofsted following an inspection carried out in October.

During the visit, inspectors found that a child had taken an overdose when medication was not safely stored and that the home failed to record whether youngsters were injured during “physical intervention.”

After the inspection, Ofsted issued six compliance notices and enforced a ‘restriction on further children being placed at the home’, deeming the home as ‘Inadequate’ overall and in all areas inspected.

Nugent Care 19, which runs the home, said it still had a ‘good reputation’ for providing life-changing care.

The Ofsted report states: “Medication, including controlled drugs, have not been stored securely. On one occasion, a child got hold of a large amount of medication. The child took an overdose and required medical attention, leaving them at risk of significant harm.” It said the home, then looking after 11 children, was ‘failing to provide effective care and support’.

Inspectors found a child had been sleeping on a broken bed, and another told them it was ‘not a happy home’.

In response, CEO of Nugent Care, Normandie Wragg said: “Clumber Lodge Care Home for Children & Young People has previously held an ‘Outstanding’  rating and still holds a really good reputation in the region as a place that provides life-changing and outcome focused care and support to children and young people who are the most vulnerable in our communities.

“Unfortunately, due to some internal changes, its status has changed currently, but we are working closely with local authority commissioners, our staff team and Ofsted, and doing all we can to improve the quality of our offering so that the children in our care have the best possible experience that we can offer them.”

In 1941, an organisation called Sisters of the Little Ones moved the babies they were caring for to  Clumber Lodge to escape the bombing in Liverpool during the war.

Over the war years, Clumber Lodge  became successful in caring for Liverpool’s young and was made a permanent place of refuge.

The modern day Clumber Care has a combination of independent living areas for teenagers, young mothers with their babies, a place for young children and sibling groups as well as a separate house for young children who have learning disabilities and complex needs.

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