Stoke-on-Trent flat earmarked for 'emergency' overnight children's home

Pinewood Crescent, Meir -Credit:Pete Stonier / Stoke Sentinel
Pinewood Crescent, Meir -Credit:Pete Stonier / Stoke Sentinel

Plans have been lodged to turn a ground-floor Stoke-on-Trent flat into a short-term assessment centre (STAC) that can provide 'emergency' overnight care for children. The two-bed maisonette on Pinewood Crescent in Meir, which will cater for children from birth up to 18 years old, would be called 'The STAC at The Pines'.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is behind the plans which would see the facility registered with Ofsted and aiming "to provide high quality care in a therapeutic environment". The planning application states that the "maximum number of people using the building in the daytime will be six, with no more than four adults".

It adds: "We are proposing to open a new STAC to provide temporary placements for children aged 0-18 years old who require an initial assessment outside of their normal home environment, in late-notice or emergency circumstances. The building will maintain a homely environment and be used a calm and safe space for important work to take place.

"Normally, the property will be vacant at night. It will be secured by the last staff member leaving, locking all access points, and ensuring it is left safe.

"The property will be used occasionally as a secondary site to a registered children’s home, The Maples. This property will only be used for overnight provision when all other available and regulated options have been exhausted and in principle will be a last option or resort.

"The registered manager of Maples home will oversee the effective running of the property at the Pines. There are two assistant managers that will hold responsibility for the day to day running of The Pines."

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