Three new homes
THREE new children’s care homes will be set up across South Gloucestershire to meet rising demand, save costs and keep young people within the area.
The three homes will be bought by South Gloucestershire Council, with an external organisation providing care for up to nine placements.
It is not yet clear where the homes will be.
The council's head of commissioning, partnerships and performance, Carol Watson, told a cabinet meeting on July 11: “The lack of local provision can lead to young people being placed out of the area, in particular those with more complex needs.
"This will support the delivery of innovative models of care, while making savings against current prices that we’re having to pay for children’s provision."
Council bosses signed off the business case for the three homes at the meeting. The next step will be to find three suitable houses to buy, and select an external company or charity to provide the care in the new homes. Currently there are four providers of children’s residential care in South Gloucestershire, offering only 18 placements.
By Alex Seabrook, Local Democracy Reporting Service