Decision details

New Children's Residential Provision

Reference: D56200

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To give authority to spend and to procure in relation to the development of the Children’s residential estate to establish eight new residential care homes in four small group living hubs of two houses each; to incur revenue expenditure necessary to the operation of children’s residential homes; and to establish and recruit to necessary associated staffing structures. 


The Director of Children & Families has agreed to:

a)  Note the content of the report and invest to save proposition for new capacity within the children’s residential portfolio;

b)  Approve the overall business case as described in this report;

c)  Approve the revenue expenditure necessary for the operation of the proposed new homes;

d)  Approve the establishment of new posts, as detailed, to support the proposed new homes; 

e)  Note the financial implications and give authority to spend budgets (revenue and capital) as identified in this report; and

f)  Note, as per the Scheme of Delegation, that the Chief Officer, Asset Management & Regeneration, will be required to approve the acquisitions, as and when properties are identified.


The Chief Officer, Financial Services has agreed to:

g)  Note the content of the report and invest to save proposition for new capacity with the children’s residential portfolio; and

h)  Approve the necessary injection into the capital programme to enable property acquisitions.

Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Portfolio Holder: The Executive Member for Adults & Children's Social Care and Health Partnerships

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Consultation in relation to the location of each hub will take place sequentially and will be detailed in relevant reports.


Executive Member for Adult and Children’s Social Care and Health Partnerships

Corporate Parenting Board

Children and Young People

Trade Unions and Staff

Ward Members

Local Neighbourhood Police Teams

Communities and neighbours (to properties to be acquired)

Contact: Ben Finley, Deputy Head of Service, Corporate Parenting 07715044858 Email:

Publication date: 24/03/2023

Date of decision: 03/04/2023

Effective from: 13/04/2023

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