New home for Kingston's looked after children

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Children in care in Kingston will benefit from a new local children's home following a decision at Treasury Committee on Thursday 9 February.

Work to build a new children's home in the borough will start once a suitable location is identified and will be subject to planning permission. The new facility will provide care for up to 5 young people aged up to 18.

Kingston currently has 112 looked after children, most of who are in foster care, in residential special schools or other placements. The new home will mean that, where appropriate, more children in care can remain close to their school, friends and other support networks.

Kingston children’s services are run by award winning social enterprise Achieving for Children (AfC).

Robert Henderson, Director of Children’s Services for Kingston and Richmond, and Deputy Chief Executive at Achieving for Children, said:

“This is great news. A brand new local children's home will enable us to provide better quality support for some of our most vulnerable children, closer to their existing networks.”

Cllr Richard Hudson, portfolio holder for Children’s Social Care and Health at Kingston Council, said:

"The council is committed to caring for and supporting our most vulnerable residents. The new facility will give some of our most disadvantaged children the best possible care, but also provide much better value for money for local taxpayers.”