Residential care for children

Who To Contact

Children's Residential Service

Telephone: 0151 443 4086

Email: family.supportservices@knowsley.gov.uk

 

We provide residential care for children to make sure that their needs are met when they cannot live with their own family.

Residential care isn’t just about giving children food and shelter, but helping them to develop and grow in a safe environment, no matter what their needs.

Accommodation

There are three units in Knowsley area – two in Huyton and one in Kirkby. The houses accommodate young people aged 11 to 16 years who, for a period of time, cannot stay with their natural or an alternative family. One of the home provisions specialises in caring for children and young people on a short term basis until they return to their home and or have a period of needs led assessment. All of the homes are subject to Ofsted inspections and in 2016 were all graded as ‘Good’.

Accessing the service

We provide this service for children and young people who have been assessed as needing residential accommodation, following a social workers assessment. The assessment is carried out with the young person and social worker.

For further information about this service, please contact us.

Placement sufficiency overview for Children who are looked after

Knowsley aim to ensure that all children who require accommodation are provided with a permanent placement within the quickest timescales to maximise stability. 

In 2010 the Government published statutory guidance on the implementation of section 22G of the Children Act 1989. This section requires local authorities to take steps that secure, as far as reasonably practicable, sufficient accommodation for looked after children within their local authority area (“the sufficiency duty”). This means that local authorities should include their plans for meeting the sufficiency duty in relevant commissioning strategies and that they must be able to secure, where reasonably practicable, sufficient accommodation for looked after children within their area.

The presentation (dated 1st June 2018), provides a brief overview of the current picture pertaining to Placements for Knowsley Children who are looked after.  Detail includes the number of beds available in the Knowsley Borough and the numbers of Children looked after who are placed both in Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council in house provision (fostering and residential) and in external agency / private provider provision. 

A detailed placement sufficiency statement supporting Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council strategic intentions, ambition and commitment to improving outcomes for our Children looked after will be published in due course.

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