A new children’s home which cares for some of society’s most vulnerable young people has been officially opened.
The East Sussex County Council-run Lansdowne Secure Children’s Home, in Hailsham, was built with £8 million of Department for Education funding and welcomed its first residents in the summer.
The centre was officially declared open at a gathering of staff, dignitaries, and local and national education chiefs and representatives of project architects Nightingales and builders Waites.
Councillor Sylvia Tidy, the council’s lead member for children and families, said, “As one of the most modern, secure facilities in the country, this is a building that provides a safe haven for young people who have had to deal with some very serious issues. The nature of the centre means it has to balance the need for security with the need to provide a homely, welcoming environment for the children who live here.”
The centre, rebuilt on the site of its original base in Hawks Road, accommodates young people who may be in danger of harming themselves or others, who are placed in secure accommodation by a court order for their own protection or that of others. Young people who stay there receive an individual care plan and support ensuring their educational, emotional and behavioural well-being. It has seven en-suite bedrooms, a dining room, games room and two lounges, and a fully-equipped school.