Children’s home could be closed down

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Doncaster Council’s cabinet has agreed to start consultation on the possible closure of one of its children’s homes.

The proposal to shut the Amersall Road home is part of a wider review into children’s homes.

The authority is looking to reduce the number of children in residential care and to increase the standard of residential care for those children who are placed in children’s homes.

The council claims that, as well as improving standards of care, the proposal to close the Amersall Road site would reduce costs for the council.

If, after consultation, the council’s cabinet agrees to close the home in Scawthorpe it would save an estimated £424,000, said a spokesman.

Councillor Eric Tatton-Kelly, Doncaster Council’s cabinet member for the children and young people’s service, said: “We know that the best outcomes for children are achieved when they are placed in a loving family setting.

“This is why we want to increase the number of children living with foster families and reduce placements in children’s homes.”

The council is also proposing to increase the capacity of its children’s home in Denaby, which has a good Ofsted rating.

Overall there would be a reduction from 30 to 27 in places at children’s homes in Doncaster.