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15 Mar

Ayrshire children’s home praised by the Care Inspectorate

Woodend Farm in Ayrshire, Scotland, has been rated as ‘5 – Very Good’ during their latest inspection by the Care Inspectorate.

Throughout the inspection report, the Care Inspectorate praised the children’s home. This included: ‘Young people were thriving in Woodend Farm. They had been kept safe by a consistent, well-trained and well-supported staff team. The young people all told us they felt safe and one said "it's a brilliant place to live".’

The report continued: ‘Children and young people enjoyed warm, trusting, and nurturing relationships with those caring for them.’

Examples of the many fun activities enjoyed by the children and young people at Woodend Farm were also highlighted in the report: ‘The staff made great efforts to spend time with the young people, doing things they enjoyed. This included horse riding, looking after animals, and they put on a festival so young people could show off their music talents. These were fun ways to support relationships and build resilience.’

Situated within Ayrshire, Woodend Farm is part of the Care division within Aspris Children’s Services, providing support to children and young people aged 8-18 years with a range of needs. This includes an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), pathological demand avoidance (PDA), and social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs.

Paula Stanford, Chief Operating Officer of Aspris Care, said: “It is a testament to the team at Woodend Farm to achieve a ‘5 – Very Good’ inspection rating, and everyone involved deserves a huge congratulations. The staff team there do a brilliant job and I am so pleased this is reflected in the report.”