Children’s home to get major refurbishment

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A CHILDREN’S home is to benefit from a £1.5m overhaul.

Improvements at Swanwick Lodge in Glen Road, Swanwick, include the replacement of heating and ventilation systems, a new boiler plant and new fire and staff alarm systems.

The works are to be jointly funded by Hampshire County Council and the Department for Education.

The majority of the beds at the 16-bed home are contracted to the youth justice board and form part of the national secure estate for children and young people.

The remaining beds are available for use by the county council and other local authorities through contract arrangements for vulnerable children.

Earlier this year the centre was judged to be outstanding by Ofsted inspectors for the care and education it provides young offenders and other vulnerable young people.

Councillor Ken Thornber, leader of the county council, approved the project and said: ‘I’m pleased to agree this programme of works.

‘The county council is very proud of the work done at Swanwick Lodge to help support some of the most vulnerable children.

‘The Ofsted report published in May recognised the important work that goes on there to support the young residents and help them address a range of issues in their lives which put them at risk of social exclusion.’