Children’s home set to close on New Year’s Eve

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A CHILDREN’S home is to close its doors for the final time on New Year’s Eve.

Croasdale Gardens Children’s Home in Carcroft is due to shut down on December 31 if the plan for its closure is given the go-ahead by members of Doncaster Council’s ruling cabinet next week.

The home, which houses up to six placements for children in care between the ages of 15-and-a-half and 18, is due to be axed under the authority’s ongoing shake-up of childcare provision in the town – saving up to nearly half a million pounds.

A report, which will go before the cabinet at the Mansion House on Wednesday, recommends increasing capacity at the Morrison Drive care home in Rossington to make up for the lost places as well as developing the council’s strategy to place young people with foster parents across the borough.

The report states: “The proposal is to close Croasdale Gardens and use providers that have been awarded places on the approved service framework.

“This would reduce the number of placements and young people in residential homes and instead provide greater choice of accommodation and support at reduced cost.”

The overall population of children in care has been increasing in Doncaster in line with national figures – but in turn, that has led to an increase in costs which the council is keen to curb.

The report adds: “Both the number of children in care and the type of placements that are provided for children and young people have resulted in a considerable cost pressure for the local authority.”

The council’s strategy involves increasing the number of children in foster placements, reducing the number of children in residential care and an increased provision of accommodation for children aged 16 and above.

Under the plan, the capacity of Morrison Drive would increase from four to five beds with the remainder of Croasdale Gardens placements taken up with foster parents in the town.

The move would save the council £464,000.

Staff at the home will be able to apply for voluntary redundancy and voluntary retirement while redeployment options are also being made available.

It has been recommended that the cabinet back the plan.