Residential care provides short, or long term accommodation and support to safeguard children.
As a corporate parent, we have a legal duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Children may be looked after in residential care when:
- Family crisis occurs
- Abuse or neglect in the parental home
- Parents are unable to care as a result of substance misuse
- Special care because of a disabilities
- They are involved in offending behaviour
Children’s Hearings and the Sheriff Court can make legal orders that we must look after children within a residential setting. Or parents, in partnership with us, can agree that it would be in a child’s best interests for them to be in residential care.
We have five children’s residential units in North Ayrshire. These are safe, homely environments, staffed by trained residential workers. The children who live in our residential units are between the ages of 10 and 18 and attend local schools. Each child has an individual care plan which aims to improve their outcomes.
A residential school provides residential care as well as on-site education. Most residential schools are run by voluntary or private sector organisations and cater for children with complex disabilities or behavioural problems.