Following a period of refurbishment and with a new management team, we’ve reopened our children’s home this week.
This means more Barnsley children can be given the care and support they need while remaining near to their family, friends, schools, and the key professionals who know and support them.
This is part of our placement and sufficiency strategy for children in care, which looks at providing a range of different types of accommodation to meet the variety of needs of our children, over the next few years.
The three-bedroomed detached property in Carlton will provide long-term placements for up to three young people aged between 10 and 18 years old and will be staffed constantly with a minimum of two staff members.
It’s a homely environment for our young people to flourish under the care and support of an experienced and dedicated staff team.
The opening of the home follows a program of consultation work with our Care 4 Us Council to ensure the views of children in care were incorporated into the planning and development of the new home. Representatives of the Care 4 Us Council were also involved in the recruitment and selection of staff and the home’s registered manager.
Cllr Trevor Cave, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children’s Services, said: “In some cases, residential care provides a stepping-stone for a young person to be supported into a family placement, but for other young people, residential care provides the most successful placement setting for their time in care.
“This small, family style home setting will best meet the needs of each child who comes to live here. We want to invest in high quality provision to meet their care needs within their hometown, maintaining their identity as residents of Barnsley.
"Our care home staff are highly trained to provide a nurturing, consistent and safe living environment in which our children and young people can feel loved, safe, secure, listened to and valued.”