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Local Government Association welcomes announcement on supported accommodation for young people

Responding to the Government's announcement that it will implement mandatory national standards for supported accommodation for young people and require Ofsted to register and inspect this provision, Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the Local Government Association's Children and Young People Board, said:

"Councils want the very best for the children in their care and care leavers. Regulating all accommodation for these young people up to the age of 18 is a positive step towards ensuring they live in the right homes for their needs.

"We look forward to working with the Department for Education and Ofsted as they develop new guidance and regulations and work to implement these as effectively as possible.

"These new requirements are likely to increase costs to councils, and may impact on the number of placements available. New burdens funding already announced will be very helpful and we urge close working with providers to ensure we have enough high quality placements.

"While this announcement is positive, it cannot tackle the current challenges in the system. A lack of suitable placements is causing significant problems already and too many children are not in the right homes for their needs. We urgently need to expand provision, especially for children with the most complex needs, and call on the Government to work with us to deliver this."

For the letter by the Education Secretary to Ofsted, click here.