Issue details

Developing 6-8 Barnwood Road as a children’s home, with an on-site accommodation pod.

To seek approval from the Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years for the re-purposing of a Council owned property at 6-8 Barnwood Road, to provide a registered children’s home (2 beds) and a linked on site accommodation pod (1 bed). The provision will provide placements for 3 children who require a period in residential care, including the provision of integrated, intensive support services, to enable them to progress to a familial setting, in line with their permanence plan.

The provision at Barnwood is an integral element within the Sufficiency Strategy Home@theHeart, and forms part of wider programme of capital developments to be delivered over the next 2 years. Accommodation and support services for children at the Barnwood site will be delivered by directly recruited management and staffing, working on a pilot basis, for a period of two years. The pilot aims to enable timely mobilisation, with the learning and evaluation also informing the development of our placement commissioning strategy over the longer term.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000 and 2 Divisions affected;

Decision status: For Determination

Notice of proposed decision first published: 23/10/2023

Decision due: Between 19 Oct 2023 and 31 Dec 2023 by Cabinet Member - Children's Safeguarding and Early Years

Lead member: Cllr Stephen Davies, Cabinet Member for Children’s SafeGuarding and Early Years

Background papers

  • Care Planning, Placement and Case Review Regulations 2010.  
  • Sufficiency Strategy for Children and Young People Homes@theHeart 2022-2026  
  • Revenue and Capital Expenditure Outturn 2021/2022 Cabinet Report Revenue and Outturn - FINAL 13th June 2022 002.pdf (  
  • London Road Cabinet decision paper Decision - Sufficiency Strategy Home@theHeart: Transforming 48 London Road into a Children’s Home and Staying Close flats (