Decision details

Homes for Children in Our Care

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

The West Midlands Framework is for residential children's homes for children and young people for access to local authorities and trusts in the West Midlands. It is to provide a safe, stable and nurturing homes for vulnerable children that require residential care.

Decisions:

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“Providing a safe and nurturing environment for our most vulnerable children is a priority for us. Most local authorities are facing challenges in this area, which is why it is important we plan effectively to help meet their needs.” 

  

We work with families to keep children within the family setting wherever it is safe to do so. If a child is placed in care, we try to find suitable foster carers to place that child in a loving home environment.”  

  

If however, a residential home is the appropriate option, developing more places within Staffordshire will ensure our most vulnerable children will be cared for locally and will provide more stability for children - to help them thrive.”?? 

Mark Sutton, Cabinet member for Children and Young People?? 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider a proposal to open six in-house Local Authority run children’s homes. 

 

Decision – (a) That the proposal to open six (6) in-house Local Authority run children’s homes be endorsed.  

  

(b) That a contribution of £0.3m in 2024/25 from the Council’s transformation fund, to meet upfront costs incurred during the transition process (invest to save), be approved. 

  

(c) That the Staffordshire County Council joining the new West Midlands Framework for the Provision of Residential Homes from October 2024 be endorsed. 

  

(d) That Staffordshire County Council joining the new West Midlands Foster Care Framework from April 2024 be endorsed. 

Report author: Shahid Munir

Publication date: 22/02/2024

Date of decision: 21/02/2024

Decided at meeting: 21/02/2024 - Cabinet

Effective from: 28/02/2024

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