New children's home plans progress in Rotherham
Plans for a new children's home in Rotherham have taken a step closer, after councillors backed a report to progress the scheme.
Members of Rotherham Council’s cabinet approved plans in February to create a range of in-house residential homes, including emergency accommodation, for looked-after children.
The small, family-orientated homes will be staffed by trained professionals and aim to maintain a good or outstanding Ofsted rating.
Two buildings are operationally ready for registration with the education watchdog, including the required planning approval.
Registration of one home will be submitted, and the second is ready and will be submitted when a registered manager is in place next month.
At a meeting of the cabinet, approval was given to acquire three properties and to begin to recruit staff to run the homes, which are scheduled to open by autumn.
Once the council has applied for the homes to be registered with Ofsted, permission will be sought from cabinet to provide an update on the financial implications of the homes.
A report to the cabinet states: “Rotherham does not have any in-house residential provision, so when a child requires a residential placement this is provided with an external provider. These placements are high cost and predominantly out of borough.”
The first home, which has five beds including one emergency bed, will employ 12 members of staff, including a manager.
A further two homes, each with two beds and an emergency bed, are on track to open by March 2021.
Phase three of the plan will involve the acquisition, registration and operation of two further four-bed residential homes.