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Improvements made to children’s care home

Restrictions placed upon a Bridgend County Borough residential care home have been lifted following a positive inspection from Children’s Inspectorate Wales.

The restrictions, which were put in place in September 2020, temporarily prevented looked-after children from being placed at Maple Tree House until a series of improvements could be made.

Inspectors found that Maple Tree House had made significant progress to address concerns around issues such as staff training and support, record keeping, individual risk assessments and quality assurance.

Designed to support children and young people aged between eight and 18, Maple Tree House provides a comfortable, homely setting where assessments can be undertaken to understand what long-term support is required.

While their needs are being assessed, trained professionals are on hand 24-7 to offer the children and young people the right type of practical and therapeutic support.

By enabling up to four children to live in the assessment setting as well as providing facilities for up to two children to be cared for in an emergency, the service plays an important role in helping to keep looked-after children within the area instead of having to be placed further away.

Councillor Nicole Burnett, Cabinet Member for Social Services and Early Help, said: “With positive changes in place to demonstrate a determined commitment towards continuous improvement and compliance, inspectors have confirmed that no further action is required at Maple Tree House.

“In addition, they have confirmed that a second residential care home, Harwood House, has also achieved compliance.

“This is excellent news. Staff should be congratulated for their hard work on delivering these improvements, and for working to ensure that local children can receive the very best levels of care and support that we can offer.

“The council is highly committed towards providing homes within Bridgend County Borough for local children. While this can be challenging, it means that fewer children have to live in private care homes located outside of the area.

“With work also progressing on the development of an all-new residential care facility, the service is on track for continuing to deliver vital care and support for vulnerable children within Bridgend County Borough.”