THERE’S only word to describe North East Autism Society children’s home, Braemar Gardens, and that is OUTSTANDING.

For a recent Ofsted judgement could find no other term for the Sunderland home saying the quality of care is ‘exceptional.’

In line with legislation all of residential homes receive regular inspections and Braemar is now the third of five NEAS children’s homes to receive top honours with Cedar House and Wallingford also being ranked ‘outstanding’ over all.

However, Braemar, under the ‘dynamic’ leadership Julie Dunlop and her management team, have followed suit achieving outstanding in every area.

For overall experiences and progress of children and young people, how well children and young people are helped and protected, and the effectiveness of leadership and management the inspector said the home consistently exceeds the standard expected for good, noting that in each area the home is ‘highly effective’ making it outstanding across the board.

Noted in the report was the highly individualised care and the fact the children living in the home have surpassed all expectations since moving in. Educational outcomes were also described as exemplary as were transitions in and out of the home.

Employed with NEAS for 30 years, Julie is quoted in the report as saying:

This is my second family, and I see this as my second home. We operate as a family and I try to make sure that all the young people have the same chances and choices that other young people have. And I’m here because this is what I want to do and this is what I love to do.

Supported by Clair Jobling, also a long term member of staff as deputy manager, the team were praised by inspectors and social workers alike who commented that the home, team and kids are all ‘fantastic.’

Braemar Gardens

Inspectors also felt that the children residing in Braemar have progressed beyond expectations.

Brian Stoker, Director of Care for NEAS, said:

And that’s why we work so hard. It’s all about improving the lives of the children and young people entrusted to us, so I’m thrilled for the team at Braemar who really are outstanding.

Like all our other homes, all going over and above and making sure everything in our power is done to create great environments for children and young people with autism, Braemar under Julie and Clair’s leadership, is helping change lives. It’s a fantastic result.

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