Falkirk admits using hotels for children

Four council properties will be used as emergency accommodation for
young people by Falkirk Council, after it admitted it had been
forced to house children in hotels due to a lack of places.

The council’s social work department said it had used budget hotels
for 12 to 14 year olds, whose placements in residential or secure
schools had broken down.

Alan Boyd, head of children and families and criminal justice at
the council, said the facility would have been used for one night
only when the care needs of the child were assessed. Two members of
staff were with each child at all times.

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