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Residential care for children
There are occasions when it may be
necessary for children to be cared for somewhere other than in
their own home.
Medway Council believes that living
with a family is the best way for children to grow and develop,
which is why most children looked after by Medway Council are
placed with foster families.
A few children, due to past
experiences and individual needs, may require a more specialist
type of care in a residential unit. All homes or residential units
where children are placed are registered and inspected to ensure
standards are met.
While living away from home it is
important, for those children where the plan is for them to return
home, that appropriate contact with their family is organised and
maintained. This gives opportunities for parents, children and
social workers to look at their progress and plan for the
There are, however, some children
for whom a return to their birth families would seriously affect
their health and wellbeing and might even leave them open to abuse
or harm. In such cases, adoption may be the only alternative.
If you feel that you could offer a
home to a child, further information on fostering and adoption services is available.