There are plans to include two smaller residential homes for children under local authority care as part of Ceredigion County Council’s through-age wellbeing strategy.

Cabinet members will be asked to approve in principle expanding the provision of children’s safe accommodation in Ceredigion model to “encompass a wider number of small residential provisions across the county to meet the current and future needs of children in the county.”

A report by the corporate lead officer for Porth Gofal regarding residential provision for the care and support of children and young people will be discussed at cabinet on Tuesday, November 1.

It outlines the established plans and identified needs for the provision of accommodation for ‘looked after children’ in the area, adding that phase one of the project is “progressing well.”

A need for “greater stability and sufficiency of placement opportunities” is proposed to be met by using two existing properties within the social care estate, working with Care Inspectorate Wales to register the provision, the report adds.

“A sustained pace of development is required to ensure that the authority has access to emergency provision particularly as we are facing the winter months. Key to this provision will also ensure that children remain in their local Education and maintaining regular contact with their family and friends,” it states.