Jersey's Brig-y-Don children's home to re-open in June
A Jersey children's home will reopen in June after a £650,000 redevelopment by the States of Jersey.
The Brig-y-Don centre will house six children in the main house and two older children, living independently in separate units.
Children's services manager, Phil Dennett, said the home would offer a perfect environment for young people.
It comes after a report, in 2008, by childcare expert Andrew Williamson said improved facilities were needed.
Brig-y-Don closed in 2009, with the loss of 17 jobs and children having to leave the facility.
The States has financed the refurbishment that has enabled it to re-open.
Health and Social Services Minister, Deputy Anne Pryke, said the re-opening was a step forward in implementing recommendations in the Williamson report.
"We are pleased to be able to lease Brig-y-Don from the charity, and redevelop it to suit our needs, so we can get on with the crucial work around child issues in Jersey," she said.
"The work we are currently doing around our Green Paper talks about all kinds of health and social care issues, and how we look after children in the future is a key issue to be addressed.
"The re-opening of Brig-y-Don as a new, modern facility emphasises what we want for the future - the very best, appropriate care for Jersey's children and young people."
Susie Pinel, chairman of the charity that will run the home, said it would now offer better facilities.
She said: "There are now six bedrooms for children in residential care and two independent living units in what used to be the play-group.
"These are for older children who have been in care for the best part of their life to help them get used to a bit of independence before they have to leave residential care."
Ms Pinel said they also want to offer the children important extras like days out.
The charity will also provide financial support and guidance to children and their families in Jersey when they are struggling.
It will open on 4 June with a garden party.