We are excited to annouce that one of our Family Residential Assessment Centres has been recognised as Outstanding by Ofsted.
A huge congratualations to the whole team at Crawford House. It's one of four Family assessment centres we run in South London.
What Ofsted had to say
Ofsted praised its leadership and described it as ‘forward thinking and ambitious for the children and parents.’
“This is an organisation that has a culture of continuous learning and high aspirations. Staff benefit from receiving extensive training, reflective supervision with a psychotherapist and motivational coaching.”
"The centre has a strong emphasis on supporting and educating parents. Parents can build on their skills and nurture the bond with their child. Parents learn how to introduce routines and boundaries, and how to show emotional warmth. Staff help parents to reflect on the perceived experience of their child. A mother stated that she had learned ‘to be a better parent’."
You can read the full report here.
What our team had to say:
We help social services and the family courts make evidence based and informed decisions about what should happen to children. This is done by our highly skilled teams and their excellent practice. It is part of the reason we were recognised as outstanding.
Mick Stephens, our deputy director here at St Michaels Fellowship said:
“Our staff ensure that where a child is at risk they are given a voice and the best outcome for them is achieved, whatever this might be, and in the shortest possible time. The depth and quality of our reports are well recognised.”
“Our managers and staff in our centres work incredibly hard to ensure that a parent is given every opportunity to show who they are in a supportive, educational, challenging environment, and whether, when they need to make changes, they can. We achieve this with teams of skilled, dedicated staff and managers and we are delighted that Ofsted have recognised this”
Sue Pettigrew OBE, our director said:
“So proud of all the hard-work Ronald and his team put in to achieve this outstanding result. Lots of the parents we work with have had traumatic childhood themselves, either because of abuse, neglect or poverty or have a combination of complex needs. Families are caught in cycles of disadvantage. Our centres are often the last chance families have to show they can be a good parent. These families deserve the best quality support, in these most difficult of circumstances.”
Ronald Akinrinmade, the manager at the centre and here for over 16 years said:
“The work we do is incredibly complex but hugely rewarding and important. Our priority is always the safety and wellbeing of the child. Our outstanding practice is what helps us work in such powerful ways with parent. It’s such a boost to our team to have this recognised.”