After decades of decline, the council-run children’s home is being reinvented and growing numbers of local authorities are returning to provision of their own residential care for “looked-after” youngsters. From Nottinghamshire to Bristol, small “family-style” council homes are being opened to cater for some of the most vulnerable children and teenagers. In some cases, they have just one or two bedrooms in an attempt to reflect a typical household and better meet young people’s needs.
Revival of the council children’s home comes amid concern over the quality of some private residential care, the high cost of private placements for youngsters with complex needs and often limited local availability. This has led to councils placing children far from their home patch when foster care has not been considered suitable. Read more.