Ofsted Success for Brambles

We are delighted to share the fantastic news that Brambles home has once again achieved an outcome of ‘good’ in all areas following their recent OFSTED inspection visit.

Highlights of the inspector’s feedback included the following:

“The atmosphere around the place is really lovely to see. The feel of the home from the minute you walk in the door is warm and welcoming. You can hear laughter and joy!”

“Children and staff are confident to express their opinions, good or bad, and children report that they feel happy, supported and cared for. One young person commented “this is genuinely the only place I have ever felt that people really care about me and have my best interests at heart.”

“The home has fantastic working relationships with other agencies and wider stakeholders. Every person spoken to during the visit, from social workers and IRO’s to family members and advocates, cannot speak highly enough of the manager and the team.”

As you can imagine, we are all extremely proud of the work being undertaken by ‘Team Brambles’ at present and the positive impact that these efforts continue to have on the lives of the children. We are excited to see how the Service continues to evolve and develop over the next 12-18 months and beyond.

Simon Barton, Head of Care

What Others Say About Us

I am truly taken aback by the level of care you have shown. The staff have gone out of their way to show him the attention and care that he has never had. When I visited him, it was like I was looking at a different child to what he was before he came. He was not like a child in care, he was like a child in a family. You have literally saved his life.

Social Worker

All children and young people thrive, and they make progress while living at the home. Because of the services provided the children and young people experience an individualised, stable and consistent home life. Children and young people benefit from the integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to education and care. They each achieve their full potential and, in many cases, do so beyond previous expectations.


I am so grateful to the AWW team for their dedication and commitment to caring and supporting Sam. He recently reported that being at there gave him the space to think and the opportunity to reflect on his attitude and make plans for his future.

Social Worker

I have to share my delight at Luke’s progress at AWW. Thanks to your support, in the last 17 weeks Luke and has turned his life around significantly. From where he has come from to where he is now, I am so proud of him.

Social Worker

The placement was really good and beneficial to me. The staff were all really supportive and nice and always made themselves available to me if I had any problems. The outdoor activities that were offered helped me to have a better outlook and showed me that I can do so much more in life, and it really helped me process and made me feel like a better person.


As METCO Officer for Cumbria Police I have regular contact with the team at AWW in relation to vulnerable children at risk of CSE and going missing. If a specific incident has occurred, the Home Manager and I speak on the phone to discuss the best way forward. She also attends CSE risk assessment meetings and we receive Philomena Protocol forms when a young person arrives in placement.

Cumbria Police