Councillor promises better care-leaver housing following report

Councillor promises better care-leaver housing following report

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Councillor promises better care-leaver housing following report

A leading councillor has vowed to find more suitable housing for children leaving care after an inspection found there were 'limited amounts'.

An Ofsted inspection in March found safeguarding and looked after children services in the Royal Borough were adequate overall.

But it also deemed the 'economic wellbeing' of looked after children to be inadequate, raising concerns about the amount of suitable and safe housing available to some care leavers in Maidenhead and Windsor.

The report was published last month and will be presented at a cabinet meeting tonight. It demands that work is undertaken immediately to ensure the quantity and quality of accommodation is improved.

Eileen Quick (above), cabinet member for children's services, said: "We've got some serious plans in place for improving the housing situation.

"One person had been placed in a bed and breakfast for their own protection, but that type of accommodation is not good enough and they will be moved this month."

Cllr Quick confirmed some council-owned properties will be converted into apartments for young care leavers. Frogmore House in Albert Street and unoccupied houses in York Road, both Maidenhead, are being considered.

Inspectors found services were adequate in 19 out of 22 areas, including overall effectiveness and capacity for improvement. 'Staying safe' and 'enjoying and achieving' categories were described as good.

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