Rochdale's children’s homes are “second to none” but challenges facing the sector are “warning signs we cannot ignore” MP Simon Danczuk has said.
Mr Danczuk was speaking during a Parliamentary debate about the problems facing children’s homes in the UK, organised by Stockport MP Ann Coffey.
Rochdale borough has the fifth highest number of children’s homes in the country.
Mr Danczuk singled out Meadows Care for particular praise describing the chain of local homes run by owner Jonathan Rigg as “a credit to the childcare sector”.
But the MP raised concerns about the increasing gap between the number of child referrals and the vacancies available. He also highlighted the growing economic uncertainty among private children’s home providers and called on the Government to boost funding to children’s services.
Mr Danczuk said: “Those who run children’s homes provide a vital service to people who have fallen on the toughest of times.
“We should be doing everything we can to make life easier for such service providers and to allow them to provide the care that they want to provide.
“The points that they have raised are a warning sign that we cannot ignore.
“If we do, we will be failing some of the most vulnerable people in our society by not allowing them to grow and develop the opportunities that so many of us have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed.”