Council plans new secure unit for one boy

A Welsh council may spend £130,000 to build a secure unit
for an 11-year-old boy with a history of arson and inappropriate
sexual behaviour, writes Alex Dobson.

Anglesey council in north Wales is understood to be considering
proposals that would mean the boy, who is considered to be a risk
to himself and others, could be housed on his own in a unit
surrounded by a six-feet high fence.

The boy has been living in a secure unit in Leeds that currently
costs the council’s social services department around
£3,500 a week. It is understood the council has looked at
other options for the boy, but that as part of his rehabilitation
programme is now looking at locating a suitable property on
Anglesey that is isolated, and where they can provide the boy with
a high level of supervision.

The proposals contained in a council report, have the backing of
the boy’s solicitor, but a council spokesperson said the
authority had no comment to make.

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