Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet has today approved an investment of up to £6.3 million across five years, to commission registered residential homes for children and young people in the care of the local authority.

The project will see the provision of two two-bedroom properties in Herefordshire, expected to open in early 2025.

The smaller homes will provide a family-based environment for up to four children and young people aged 11 – 18 with a range of needs.

In comparison to other care provision options the scheme is expected to provide better value for money over the five year period and is one of a range of initiatives to increase the availability and type of provision for children in the care of the council.

Councillor Ivan Powell, Cabinet member for Children and Young People, said:

“Today’s decision means Herefordshire Council will be able to provide care and support for up to four children and young people in the county.

“Not only will this ensure that our vulnerable children are looked after in safe and high quality family style homes but it will also mean that they can benefit from remaining close to their local community.”

The council will now begin the process of contracting a single supplier for the service.