A long-awaited children's home set to open in Greenwich offering crucial support to local teenagers in care.

AARRC, which stands for Adolescent Assessment Resource and Residential Centre, will serve as a safe nurturing environment for those unable to live in their family homes.

The ceremony saw Cllr Matt Morrow, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, cutting the ribbon and expressing a commitment to ensuring every child's potential is realised.

Cllr Matt Morrow, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, who said: “Children in care face extraordinary challenges from a very young age so we need to do everything we can to make sure they can reach their potential.

“The AARRC will be the closest thing to a home routine for teenagers who are unable to live with their parents. They will get all the love and support they need, in a friendly and safe environment.

“The stability that a children’s home offers is so vital and I know that the impact of the AARRC will be felt for generations to come.”

The venue offers placements, tailored to the unique circumstances of every child along with personal care plans put together with the child and their families.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich currently operates a children's home in the area, offering short to medium-term care for youths aged 10 to 18 years.

Residents can play their part in supporting young people in care by registering as a foster carer.