Release Date: 27 February 2018
A new children's home will now open in Teddington, giving a local home to five vulnerable teenagers.
Planning Committee has now agreed a proposal to open the first local home in the borough for more than ten years. The home, on Queens Road, will provide residential care for up to five young people aged between 14 and 18. It is hoped to open next year.
Most of Richmond’s 108 children-in-care live with foster parents, in residential special schools or semi-independent placements. At present, 10 children live in residential care homes, all of which are outside of the borough.
Placing children in a local care home enables them to stay living within the borough, staying close to friends and their school. It will also enable the Council to have greater control over the quality and consistency of support for children in its care.
It is expected that by opening a new, local provision, better outcomes will be delivered for some of our most vulnerable children.
The Planning Committee decision follows a public consultation, including drop in and public meetings.
Cllr Susan Chappell, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Young People, said:
“This is fantastic news for our looked after children, some of whom have to live out of borough.
“The new house will provide a specialist space, providing supported living opportunities locally for five local children and has been designed to be in keeping with the surrounding properties and we have amended the plans through the planning process to reflect residents and planners’ comments.
“The new home will give the children the opportunity to be part of a local community and so I am delighted that the Planning Committee has asked for an informative to set up a process to start a dialogue between residents and the home ahead of its opening.”
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Updated: 2 March 2018