Children’s homes are in line for investment

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CHILDREN’S homes in Hampshire are set for a major overhaul.

Leaders at Hampshire County Council are considering the plans.

Currently there are six children’s homes with five or six bedrooms that are considered to be too large and lacking the right sort of homely environment for children.

Of the existing homes, it is proposed that three would be retained and substantially refurbished.

The other three would be sold – generating an estimated £2.6m – and the cash would be used to build five smaller, more modern homes.

These would be in less isolated locations with better transport connections.

The plans would provide eight houses to accommodate 33 children.

An additional 1,097 children are in the council’s care, but are fostered by families in their own homes.

Councillor Keith Mans, who heads children’s services, said: ‘I will want to be assured that the proposals, if implemented, will make a real difference.’