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Adapted accommodation for those with disabilities in Coventry


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Councillors have approved plans to create a new home in the city for children who are looked after by the authority and have a disability.


Following the closure of a privately run home, any child with a disability has to live outside Coventry because there is no appropriate home within the city boundary.


There is a national shortage of homes for children with disabilities and councillors said there was a need to create something in the city to make sure children were given the best possible care and start in life.


The project will cost £1m and the Council had applied for a Government grant, but when that was refused, the decision was made to fund the much-needed building through borrowing and Council reserves.


Councillors heard that the plans would mean that looked after children with disabilities were given the best care and kept close to their homes.


Cllr Patricia Seaman, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Recently we have become aware of the pressing need for a home in the city for children with disabilities. It is not right that they should have to move from their city.”


The decision has been made after consultation with young people, their families, partner agencies and organisations representing families who have children with disabilities.


There has been overwhelming feedback that there needs to be local provision for this group of children. All feedback has underlined the benefit of young people remaining in the city where their families can be better involved in the child’s care planning and local professionals work together to meet the child’s needs.


In addition, the new building will help care staff in the city, with savings in transportation and social worker time. It will be easier and quicker to visit children who are based in the city.


Miss Seaman added: “Not only are we creating a home for the immediate future, but we are also exploring the option to build a brand new home and ensure that our children with additional needs and disabilities can get that help and support here in Coventry.”


Written by: David Watkins

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