Key Principles

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Children in residential child care should be loved, happy, healthy, safe from harm and able to develop, thrive and fulfil their potential.

Residential child care should value and nurture each child as an individual with talents, strengths and capabilities that can develop over time.

Residential child care should foster positive relationships, encouraging strong bonds between children and staff in the home on the basis of jointly undertaken activities, shared daily life, domestic and non-domestic routines and established boundaries of acceptable behaviour.

Residential child care should be ambitious, nurturing children’s school learning and out- of-school learning and their ambitions for their future.

Residential child care should be attentive to children’s need, supporting emotional, mental and physical health needs, including repairing earlier damage to self-esteem and encouraging friendships.

Residential child care should be outward facing, working with the wider system of professionals for each child, and with children’s families and communities of origin to sustain links and understand past problems.

Residential child care should have high expectations of staff as committed members of a team, as decision makers and as activity leaders. In support of this, children’s homes should ensure all staff and managers are engaged in on-going learning about their role and the children and families they work with.

Residential child care should provide a safe and stimulating environment in high-quality buildings, with spaces that support nurture and allow privacy as well as common spaces and spaces to be active.

(1.10 Quality Standards)

Regulation 5 sets out overarching requirements that run across all of the Quality Standards.

Regulation 5 - Engaging with the wider System to ensure each Child’s Needs are met