Top award for Bungalow team

A CENTRE in Eastbourne which provides essential support services for disabled children and their families, has received a top national award.

The Bungalow in Sorrel Drive, which is run by East Sussex County Council and provides residential care and short breaks to young people aged 10-19 with a range of needs, has achieved Autism Accreditation from the National Autistic Society (NAS).

Councillor Colin Belsey, the county council’s Lead Member for Children and Families, said, “I would like to congratulate everyone at The Bungalow for achieving this award. It is a testimony to the work they are doing and the dedication they have to children with disabilities.”

Cllr Belsey said the award was just the latest accolade for the centre which is one of only two per cent of children’s homes which have been consistently judged as outstanding by Ofsted in all of their inspections over the past three years.

He said, “This award from the National Autistic Society is not easy to achieve. There is a rigorous and through assessment and the staff have had to demonstrate exceptionally high standards in supporting children with autism.”

As well as providing written evidence of how the centre meets 28 different standards set by the NAS, staff also played host to two NAS representatives who spent time at the home observing activities, speaking to staff, meeting with parents and other professionals and speaking to the young people themselves.

Cllr Belsey said, “The team at The Bungalow should be very proud of this achievement. They have worked hard for it and it shows they have a thorough and excellent understanding of how best to support young people with autism.”

The Bungalow provides a range of short breaks and support services for children with disabilities. Approximately a third of the young people who attend The Bungalow are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The award means that both of East Sussex County Council’s residential short break units, The Bungalow in Eastbourne and Acorns in Bexhill, now have achieved Autism Accreditation. Various mainstream and special schools in the county have also achieved the award.