Issue details

Children's In-house Residential Service Strategy

This report provides a summary of the recent review of in-house residential services for children. It seeks approval for a strategic framework and service model which seek to ensure that outcomes for vulnerable children are maximised and that long-term care costs are minimised. The proposed strategy is attached (Appendix 1) and provides a full context and history for the review and a rationale for the proposals.


The Council’s existing children’s residential estate has three open establishments which all have a ‘good’ Ofsted rating and three establishments which are not in use. Proposals for the three closed homes are prioritised in the first phase (September 2019 to December 2020) of the overall plan for the service, with the three open homes to be focused on in the second phase (July 2020 to July 2021).

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 01/08/2019

Decision due: October 2019 by Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

Lead member: Councillor Paul Marshall

Lead director: Director of Children's Services

Contact: Catherine Galvin, Assistant Director (Commissioning) Email: Tel: 033 022 24869.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People via the author or officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.


Children and Young People’s Services Select Committee (to be considered by the Committee’s Business Planning Group)

Democratic Services Contact: Wendy Saunders Tel: 0330 222 2553

Background3: Best Start in Life


Background papers

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