Ofsted’s chief inspector drops into The Cocoon

Amanda Spielman
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.
Published: Friday, 12 October 2018

Ofsted's chief inspector visits The Cocoon

Ofsted’s Chief Inspector has visited The Cocoon to find out more about how the service is supporting care leavers and children in care in the borough.

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman met young people and staff at the drop-in service in Romford town centre as part of her visit to the area.

Amanda Spielman 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.”

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.”