Informal consultation on a proposal to close Walnuts Children’s Home

Thursday 14 June 2018


Milton Keynes Council is currently consulting on proposing to close the Walnuts Children’s Home. The consultation is informal and will last eight weeks. If the proposal is developed there will be a further formal consultation.

The SEN Code of Practice 2015, requires that all local authorities regularly monitor their structures and arrangements to ensure that they continue to be effective and deliver positive outcomes.

The Walnuts Children’s Home currently has five children and young people at the children’s home full time on a 52 week basis. In addition a small number of young people use the home on a part time basis.

The children and young people who live in The Walnuts Children’s Home live and attend school on the same site. The Walnuts School is the only special school in Milton Keynes that has retained any form of residential provision.

The consultation is asking if the home is the most appropriate way to provide full year long provision as the building does not provide an environment that enables children and young people to maximise their development. This is due to the restrictions and makeup of the physical environment. For example, there is limited outdoor space for the sole use of the children who live there and the dining room is a shared facility.

Zoe Nolan, Cabinet member for Children and Families said: "We are doing an initial informal consultation on The Walnuts Children's Home and are keen to have your views. I hope you will contribute to the online form or attend a meeting to let us know what you think of this proposal. We will consider what you say carefully before we develop this area any more."

The consultation provides an opportunity to consider and develop different types of local provision across the city to ensure the needs of those children and young people currently accessing the home are met.

We are keen to hear your views and we will be holding two information events where you can talk to us about the proposals.

Both events will be held at the Walnuts School, Admiral Drive, Hazeley.

  • The first is on Wednesday 27 June between 5.00 to 7.00pm.
  • The second will be held Thursday 5 July 2017 between 12.30 to 2.30pm.