Hailsham children’s home gets £8m revamp

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A CHILDREN’S home in Hailsham that provides a safe and secure home for vulnerable young people is set to undergo a £8 million revamp.

Lansdowne secure children’s home in Hailsham will be completely rebuilt using a Government grant.

It will mean that the out-dated building, run by East Sussex County Council, will be replaced with a state-of-the-art purpose-built facility which will provide young people with much-improved living, socialising and educational space.

The services provided from Lansdowne are highly regarded, and in August 2009 Ofsted said it provided a good standard of care and education, while many aspects of the services were outstanding.

However, the building needs major redevelopment to meet new standards of care. Lansdowne currently provides secure accommodation for five young people. These are not just from East Sussex but other local authorities who can purchase accommodation beds within the unit.

The new building will include seven bedrooms for young people with complex emotional and behavioural difficulties who need protection, either from someone or from themselves, within a secure and safe environment.

It will not be a facility for young offenders. It’s expected that up to 20 young people a year will be placed there and benefit from the support it provides.

The redevelopment project will see a new building emerge on the site. The existing building will remain in place while the new one is built around it on other bits of the land.

Each bedroom will have en suite facilities and there will be much improved education and socialising facilities.