Hull City Council increases the number of care homes for local children, as a new build care home in East Hull is completed.
Over the last year the number of children being looked after by the authority has increased, and those needing residential placements has also increased.
To ensure children can be given a home within the city, which is of good quality and within a community environment, the council is investing in additional new build children’s homes.
Within East Hull, a flagship children’s home has completed this month and is now ready for four children to make it their home.
A further new build is due to be completed in late spring to replace an existing home within West Hull.
These follow on from two houses within Kingswood being purchased last year and turned into children’s homes.
Councillor Peter Clark, Portfolio Holder for learning, skills and safeguarding children said: “We want to provide the best for our children and young people, and community based children’s homes provide vibrant accommodation with on-site full-time care and support for those looked after children that benefit from this type of living environment.
“It is better for children to live locally within the city where they can be supported by a range of local professionals and close to family, rather than to source out of town placements, and it is also financially better for the council in the longer term.”
“As corporate parents it is a priority for us to ensure we have the required accommodation, support and services for those that are most vulnerable.”
Two years ago the Local Authority had six children’s homes. The increase in local homes demonstrates the commitment for more children being looked after locally and an ambition to have new modern homes, which provide excellent care and support for the city’s most vulnerable young people. The additional children’s homes means there is now a total of 13 Local Authority children’s homes in the city.