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Ofsted's chief inspector visits Romford's support hub for children in care

PUBLISHED: 10:58 15 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:58 15 October 2018

L-R: Mike Sheridan, regional director for Ofsted, care leaver Dreece, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman, care leaver Louise, Councillor Robert Benham and Robert South, Assistant Director of Children’s Services, Havering. Picture: Havering Council

L-R: Mike Sheridan, regional director for Ofsted, care leaver Dreece, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman, care leaver Louise, Councillor Robert Benham and Robert South, Assistant Director of Children's Services, Havering. Picture: Havering Council

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Ofsted's chief inspector was pleased with the practical support offered to young people at a Romford support hub for children in care.

Amanda Spielman, her Majesty’s chief inspector met young people and staff at the drop-in service in Romford town centre as part of a visit to the area.

She said: “My inspectors were really impressed by the work taking place at The Cocoon when they inspected Havering Council earlier this year, which is why I was so keen to visit.

“This impressive hub has a very positive atmosphere, and the practical support and advice provided is helping care leavers navigate the trials of young adulthood.”

The Cocoon, based in the High Street aims to help steer children and young people in care towards independent living.

Councillor Robert Benham, cabinet member for children and learning, added: “The Cocoon is a showpiece for Havering and has already been described by Ofsted as ‘highly impressive’ during its inspection earlier this year.

“We were delighted that Her Majesty’s chief Inspector was able to see first-hand, the difference the service is making to young people as they make the transition from care to independent living.”

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