Several small properties in Dorset are to be improved in order for them to be used as children’s homes.
Following the approval of plans by Dorset Council’s Cabinet, Cllr Andrew Parry, portfolio holder for children, education and early help, said, “The aim of these proposals is to create more accommodation in Dorset so fewer local children have to leave their schools, their friends, their families and everything they know and be placed in care far away. Most importantly, this is not good for our children, but it is also very costly, as it involves sending money out of our county, rather than investing in skilled jobs locally.
“We want to provide the best possible care for all our children. Most children and young people in our care are looked after by local foster families. But for a small number of children, residential care is best.”
Councillors have already approved plans to create a new home for Dorset children in, Weymouth. This new home in Dorchester Road will give up to five children a better and more secure start in life. The site will also be home to the new Harbour Project which will see a dedicated team from different agencies working together to better support children and young people.
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