Disabled children benefit from short stays 

13/08/09

Two bungalows offering short stays to disabled children and young people have been described as outstanding by recent Ofsted inspections.

The bungalows – located at Trackside Approach and Avondale Street – form part of BRIDGES; a partnership between Bolton Council and the PCT formed in 2004 to deliver better short break care and support to families with severely disabled children and young people in the borough.

Both bungalows were awarded outstanding – the highest achievement – across all areas.

Inspectors judged the facilities on how they help children and young people to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic well-being. They also looked at how the facilities are managed generally.

The report found that both bungalows were equipped with up-to-date facilities, safe outdoor areas and set conveniently in residential areas close to local amenities.

Avondale Street bungalow was praised for: providing a consistent team of staff who understand the needs of young people; taking the views and wishes of young people in to account for all aspects of their care; and ensuring that every young person gained a recognised qualification while staying at the bungalow.

The report into the bungalow on Trackside Approach commented on: the excellent communication with parents and health professionals; the warm and welcoming atmosphere; and the staff’s very positive view of the value of education.

Councillor Madeline Murray, Executive Member for Looked After Children and Safeguarding, said: “I’m delighted to see these excellent reports, they are a reflection on how hard we work to ensure vulnerable children and young people have the best care possible in stimulating settings.

“Short breaks provide them with safe and secure places to go, where they can socialise and have fun away from home. These Ofsted reports are evidence that we have a great model for short breaks in Bolton.”

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