Decision details

Larchwood Annual Report and Statement of Purpose

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

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To agree the Larchwood Annual Report and Statement of Purpose


That the revised Statement of Purpose 2020 for the Larchwood Short Break Unit  is approved and the Larchwood Short Break Unit Annual Report 2019 – 2020 is noted.

Reasons for the decision:

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.


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 is no financial impact

Declarations: None

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No

Making Representations: In writing to the Executive Director,People

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Via the web and management meetings.


Service users via the web. Childrens Services Management Team and Departmental Management Team

Contact: Lou Richer, Head of Service: Children's Specialist Support Email:

Publication date: 21/09/2020

Date of decision: 14/09/2020

Effective from: 22/09/2020

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