New children's care home to be built in Weymouth

New children's care home to be built in Weymouth

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:15am 5th March 2020.

Plans have been agreed to build a new care home for children and young people in Dorset, amidst a lack of 'suitable accommodation'.

Dorset Council's cabinet have approved plans to build a new residential care home, contact centre, activity space and residential accommodation for children and young people in the county

Two sites in Weymouth are earmarked for the outline plans.

One will be a purpose-built residential care home with a contact centre and activity space for children and young people who are being looked after by the local authority.

The second site,  is a 13-unit building which will be refurbished to provide residential accommodation for young care leavers, allowing them to live independently.

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'The need for more facilities' 

Dorset Council say there is a  lack of suitable accommodation and care provision in Dorset.

Much of the children's residential care is currently provided out of the county, which is said to be costly and not good for children and young people.

Previous estimates suggest there is a potential to save £600,000 a year with a new residential home in the county.

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Cllr Andrew Parry, Portfolio Holder for Children, Education and Early Help at Dorset Council said:

 "I'm delighted that we are forging ahead on delivering on our commitment to children and young people in Dorset.
 
"Children and young people who end up in our care, through no fault of their own, should have absolutely the same access to education, employment and a family.
 
"We currently only have one children's home in Dorset, which has a good Ofsted rating.

"This shows confidence in us to develop more provision in the county, meaning that children and young people can stay closer to home."


The council are also focusing on recruiting more foster carers across the county.