New Residential Unit To Let Younger Children Return To Highland.
20th May 2021
Elected members react to opening of new residential unit to let younger children return to Highland.
Members in attendance at yesterday's Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Committee shared their delight upon being informed of the opening of a bespoke residential unit to return younger children from Out of Area to Highland.
Based on the very successful model developed by the Placement Programme, this new provision is now home to three young children for the remainder of their childhoods offering stability, nurture and care. This is coupled with bespoke education packages addressing each individual child's needs and two linked schools with staff aligned to the children for as long as is required.
A large number of professionals from Social Workers, teachers, Head teachers, Educational Psychologists, Residential Managers, Children & Adolescent Mental Health Practitioners, the LAC nurse and the Placement Programme team worked tirelessly on this very complex and multi-faceted project over the last year to ensure all elements were in place, whilst of course carrying out their business-as-usual duties.
Councillor Linda Munro, Chair of the Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Committee, said: "I personally commended the efforts and hard work of all involved for their patience, faith, resilience and drive to obtain the very best for our Care Experienced Young People.
She continued: "In addition to offering stability and striving for improvements in long term well-being and attainment outcomes, this model will cost the Council significantly less than the Out of Area placements they replaced. In addition, the children are closer to their families, communities and the culture they know."
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Scotland's Chief Statistician today released the latest Council Tax Collection Statistics which provides Council Tax collection figures for Scottish local authorities, up to and including the financial year 2020-21. In 2020-21 for Scotland as whole the total amount of Council Tax billed (after Council Tax Reduction) was £2.675 billion.
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