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Children's home in Sonora Fields, Sittingbourne, still inadequate according to Ofsted

By Poppy Jeffery

A failing children’s home, with no child living there and no manager, has not improved since a damning inspection in March, says Ofsted.

The facility, in Sonora Fields, is run by Jamores Homes, which was handed a list of 12 requirements it had to meet following the ‘inadequate’ rating it was given earlier this year.

It was visited again by inspectors on June 9 where the home, for children aged nine to 17 with emotional and behavioural difficulties, was once again given the lowest assessment, despite there being no children living there at the time.

Sonora Fields, Sittingbourne
Sonora Fields, Sittingbourne

Inspector Lucy Chapman wrote: “The identified shortfalls in the home’s safeguarding practice result in poor and unsafe care provision to young people.

“There are delays in reporting young people missing to the police and practice is not always in line with young people’s individual ‘missing’ profiles.

“There was no evidence of reflection or learning from the shortfalls identified.

“The manager has failed to monitor the functioning of the home effectively."

“This ineffective monitoring means that poor standards of care remain unaddressed and unrectified.”

The report also stated the home fails to respond to complaints in an effective way, that a number of staff have left and that managers “fail to effectively deal with allegations made against staff by young people”.

It must now comply with nine statutory requirements before August 18. If the improvements are not made then the home could be at risk of being shut down.

A spokesman for Jamores Homes, which runs the facility, said: “Our priority is to ensure we provide a safe and supportive environment for the young people we support, and we continue to work closely with Ofsted to address all of the points raised in their report.

“At present the home does not have any young people living there while we carry out the work required to address the areas raised. We are working to recruit a new manager for the home and are determined that, working in partnership with Ofsted, we will soon have all the appropriate measures in place to move forward.”

Kent County Council previously confirmed it has no children placed with Jamores Homes.

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