Expansion of support for vulnerable young people

Two new units to support young people with social, emotional and mental health are to be created in Liverpool.

The city council’s Cabinet has approved proposals which will fill existing gaps in provision, particularly for young girls.

At Woolton High School, a 20 place unit will be created for vulnerable secondary school girls who would previously have been sent to alternative provision outside of the city.

And at Ernest Cookson Special School in Tuebrook,a dedicated 24 place short stay assessment unit will be created and the school will become co-educational.

Councillor Nick Small, Cabinet member for education, said: “We are hugely proud of the support our special schools provide to our young people and this expansion of services is good news.

“It will mean we no longer have to send young people outside of Liverpool to receive the help they need and we have made sure that both the north and south of the city are covered.”