Birmingham & Black Country

Two Birmingham children's homes close

Two council-run children's homes in Birmingham have been closed after being rated as inadequate by inspectors.

Improvements at Fairfield Children's Home, in Erdington, and Bournbrook Children's Home, in Selly Oak, had not been made "as quickly as we would have liked", the city council said.

Youngsters were said to be frequently playing truant or going missing.

The decision comes after a series of damning reports into the council's children's services department.

Last week, the authority said nearly £10m will be pumped into the department after children had been failed "for five years".

Councillor Brigid Jones said the closure decision was taken jointly with Ofsted.

"The amount of time it would take to rectify some of the issues would be a detriment to young people there," she said.

The residents have been moved to new homes, she said.

There are 10 council-run homes in the city following last year's closure of five homes.

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