A £2 million purpose-built children’s care home shut down after just seven months looks set to be reopened by Cardiff Council.
The council-run Thornhill Road Children’s Home in Llanishen, above, was closed last year following a damning report by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW).
The inspector found staff felt “overwhelmed” and “let down” by their managers, while some children said they had been “threatened” by other children.
The report said “very few” aspects of the service had been delivered in “a manner suitable to adequately safeguard or promote the welfare of the young people”.
Following the inspection in October, CSSIW started legal action to have the home’s registration cancelled, but the council chose to voluntarily close it in December.
A paper setting out proposals for the future of the home will go under the microscope at a meeting of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee today.
One option is to reopen the home for children with similar needs to those children who were placed at the home during 2011 but with a new statement of purpose.
Another option is for the council to open the home for looked-after children with complex needs, specifically for disabled children or children on the autistic spectrum.
The council is also considering whether to run the home itself once again or to bring in an external provider.
See the report due to go before councillors this afternoon below.