Council set to agree additional accommodation to support children in care
More good quality,
local residential accommodation to support children in care looks set to be
agreed by senior councillors, as Wakefield Council continues on the journey to
transform its children’s services.
The proposal, which is being discussed at the Cabinet meeting on 15 January,
would see the development of two new children’s homes each with two bedrooms,
as well as changes to the current children’s homes, at Benson Lane and Dacre
Avenue - bringing eight additional placements to the district to support
children in care and enabling them to stay in the local area.
Significant work is also underway to try and increase local authority fostering
placements to help keep children in the district and near their family and
friends. As well as this being beneficial for the children it also helps social
workers build more positive relationships, which improves the support they can
Isherwood, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People,
said: “This proposal is just one element of an action plan we have in place to
help support children in care.
“We are determined to ensure that more of our children have access to a good
quality local accommodation, especially as we know this will have a positive
impact on them and their families. For some children, only very small
residential units, like the new ones we are proposing, offer the stability and
care they need.
“The number of children in care nationally continues to rise, which means that
many areas are experiencing difficulties in finding quality placements for
children – both in fostering and residential care. Although Wakefield’s current
number of children in care is lower than the national average, the Council
wants to provide the best possible accommodation opportunities for the children
it supports and be ready to respond to any changes.”
Cllr Isherwood added: “We are also working hard to develop more accommodation
for care leavers and increase our pool of foster carers. Fostering can be a
tremendously rewarding experience, making a real difference to children’s lives
so if anyone if interested I would urge them to get in touch.”
To find out more about fostering visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/fostering
or call 0800 197 0320.
The Cabinet meeting will take place at 10.30am on Tuesday 15 January. People
can watch live or later at www.wakefield.gov.uk/livestream