Residential care facility for children approved for Kirkleatham

Published: 6th Feb 2018

REDCAR & Cleveland Borough Council's cabinet has today (Tuesday 6 February) approved the use of a vacant building in Kirkleatham to be turned into a small residential care and short overnight break facility for children and young people with complex special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The residential and short breaks facility, based at Church View in Kirkleatham, will be able to support up to seven children and young people.

The Church View building has been vacant since 2014 and was previously used by the NHS as a care home for adults with severe mental health issues.

Kirkleatham village residents and the wider community have been consulted on this proposal and have responded overwhelmingly in support of developing the property into a facility for children and young people.

This development will have close links to the neighbouring Kirkleatham Hall Special School and it will enhance the support that the school already provides for children and young people with SEND.

NHS England and South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are also in full support of the development. The facility will deliver a holistic package of education, health and social care support to the children and young people residing at the facility.

Councillor Craig Hannaway, Cabinet Member for Children at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said: "This facility means that our children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities will get the services and support they need within their community.

"Currently, some of our young people have had to be removed from the borough for residential care, so I'm pleased this decision has been approved so they can stay within Redcar and Cleveland and closer to their families.

"With support from Kirkleatham residents, NHS England, the CCG, and Kirkleatham Hall Special School, we can make some real positive changes to their lives."

The council will now take steps to formally register the care facility with OFSTED.

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