Decision details

Secure Accommodation

Decision Maker: Children's Services Scrutiny Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No



The Chair welcomed Sally Allen, Head of Safeguarding. Inspection and Audit and Andy Smith, Safeguarding Manager, to the meeting.


The report presented provided an overview in relation to secure accommodation, including the criteria and reasons why children might require placement in a secure children's home. It also highlighted some of the challenges when placing a child in secure accommodation and how it was vital to meet the needs of these children and young people.


Members stated that partnership working with other health providers was important in relation to CAMHS. It was confirmed that health partners were a key partner and instrumental in meeting the needs of the young people who were worked with.


The Safeguarding Team acknowledged the challenge of identifying the availability of placements and that there was a national shortage of beds. The Committee was informed that a paper was going to Cabinet around residential placements and whether Lancashire should have its own secure accommodation unit.


Forensic psychological testing for young people was put forward for recommendation by the Committee. Members also requested more information on forensic psychological assessments.


Resolved: That;


  i.  The report presented be noted.

  ii.  Forensic psychological testing be available to every young person entering secured accommodation as required.

  iii.  A request be made to Cabinet to further investigate the possibility of secure accommodation in Lancashire.










Date of decision: 06/12/2017

Decided at meeting: 06/12/2017 - Children's Services Scrutiny Committee

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