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Children's Homes

Volume 201: debated on Friday 20 December 1991

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether he will make it his policy to encourage local authorities in Wales to appoint mature women who have brought up a family to run children's homes.

A review of children's homes in Wales has recently been completed by social services inspectorate, Wales, and a report is currently under consideration. While its recommendations are designed to secure improvements in the management and running of all children's homes in Wales, and it discusses in particular the need to develop the existing skills of mature and experienced staff in order best to meet the needs of the children, the selection of staff is, and will remain, the responsibility of local care authorities.