Decision details

House Purchase for Family Services Small Children’s Home

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council, Cabinet Member for Resources & Effective Council

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

This report details the decision of the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Resoruces and Effecitve Council to approve the acquisition of a residential property for establishing a permanent small children’s home. This initiative is crucial in addressing the nationwide placement crisis for looked-after children and young individuals, particularly those in high-cost crisis placements. The approval encompasses the property purchase and associated costs for renovation, ensuring it meets safety standards and is suitable for our children people within the borough.

 

In the recent months, Family Services have established a temporary solo provision residential home supporting one child at any given time. Due to the complex needs and vulnerabilities of the child, it is essential to offer one-on-one support in the home, ensuring they receive comprehensive assistance to facilitate their transition to a permanent placement. However, given the temporary nature of this arrangement, it is crucial to establish a lasting provision to sustain ongoing support for children and young people entering the care of the local authority.

 

Establishing this children’s home ensure that children can stay in their local area, maintaining relationships with friends, family, and community support. Creating in-house provision helps avoid expensive out-of-borough placements during crisis, leading to substantial savings for the council through the Family Services MTFS programme.

Publication date: 09/02/2024

Date of decision: 09/02/2024

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