Decision details

Larchwood Short Break Unit Statement of Purpose 2019-2020 and Annual Report 2018-2019

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Children, Young People & Learning

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The annual report provides evidence that Larchwood delivers services in line with the Council’s narrative of value for money, opportunities to thrive and contributing to safe and self-reliant communities. Furthermore it provides details of activity over the financial year April 2018 – March 2019 and sets out the plans for continuous improvement for the year ahead.


The Executive Member for Children, Young People & Learning approved the revised Statement of Purpose 2019 for the Larchwood Short Break Unit  and noted  the Larchwood Short Break Unit Annual Report 2017-2019.

Reasons for the decision:

i.              This document fulfils the requirements of the Children’s Homes (England) Regulations 2015 Schedule 1 and the Department for Education Guide to the Children’s Homes Regulations including the quality standards April 2015. These regulations place a requirement on Registered Children’s Homes to produce a Statement of Purpose under schedule 1, regulation 16.  The Statement of Purpose should be child-focused, indicating how the home provides individualised care to meet the Quality Standards for the children in their care.


ii.             There is also a written and digital Childrens Guide that includes a summary of the Statement of Purpose for Children and Young people.


Alternative options considered:

The completion of a Statement of Purpose is a legal requirement within the Children’s Homes (England) Regulations 2015, which includes a requirement for the Statement of Purpose to be approved at least annually. As this is a legal requirement alternative options have not been considered.


Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Financial Impact: There are no financial implications.

Declarations: None

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No

Making Representations: In writing to the Executive Director : People

Other reasons / organisations consulted

In writing


Specialist Support Team
Children's Social Care Management Team
People Departmental Management Team

Contact: Lou Richer, Interim Head of Specialist Support Email:

Publication date: 02/08/2019

Date of decision: 02/08/2019

Effective from: 10/08/2019

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