Regulation & Compliance

All of our services are registered with and inspected by the appropriate governing bodies within the education and social care sectors, including DfE registered and Ofsted registered.

In addition, we regularly audit the performance of our services using independent bodies such as school improvement partners, and internal systems including self-assessment and cross service inspections.

For the latest inspection reports please see the service pages.

Risk assessments

Hillcrest is committed to comprehensive risk management at both group and service level. We provide high quality facilities and accommodation, exceeding sector standards for health and safety. Hillcrest successfully provides person centred services to vulnerable children and young people, and as such all programmes of care/support, education/learning and therapy are individually tailored and subject to thorough risk assessment and planning.

All staff must pass an enhanced check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before commencing employment with Hillcrest. Recruitment, development and appraisal policies and practice ensure that staff skills and abilities are closely matched with the requirements of their roles.

Adam has become a star pupil with you and your team. I have always rated your school and its way of coping with some extremely high level children.

SEN Team Oxfordshire

Ben’s management of his behaviour has improved dramatically since he was placed at The Bartons. Ben’s needs are being consistently addressed and he is being prepared for independence; this will not be rushed. This is a superb placement for Ben and long may it continue.

Northamptonshire Childrens Services

Simon has had a period of disrupted education and a long period of being out of school, since he has been at Hillcrest he is doing very well and the support offered to enable him to maintain in the classroom has been vital, as well as the support offered to help him develop strategies and ways of managing his emotions and behaviours.

Kent Children’s Services