Lancaster children’s homes could close

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TWO children’s homes in Lancaster could be closed as part of a county council drive to keep children with their families instead of putting them into care.

Slyne Road residential unit and Bowerham Road children’s home are two of 15 homes across the county that could be closed.

Lancashire County Council are looking to close five homes, which would reduce the number of places from 90 to 60.

County Coun Susie Charles, cabinet member for children and schools, said: “In Lancashire, we have a higher-than-average number of teenagers in residential care homes, and we want to bring that number down because we do not believe that a residential home is always the best environment for a troubled young person.

See the Lancaster Guardian (02-06-11) for full story.