Chil­dren’s care ser­vice warned

Group told to im­prove or face clo­sure

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS - Jackie Grant

A Dum­fries child care ser­vice is un­der threat af­ter a scathing in­spec­tion re­port.

The Care In­spec­torate has served a for­mal improve­ment no­tice on Lin­clu­den Af­ter School Group and or­dered it to make “ur­gent im­prove­ments”.

The group has un­til November 23 to im­prove pro­ce­dures around ad­min­is­ter­ing med­i­ca­tion to chil­dren; en­sur­ing in­di­vid­ual care needs are met and en­sur­ing staff are re­cruited safely.

A spokesman for the Care In­spec­torate said: “The no­tice we have is­sued clearly lays out the im­prove­ments we must see so that the care ex­pe­ri­enced by chil­dren im­proves quickly.

“We will visit this ser­vice again soon to check on progress and if we are not sat­is­fied that the mat­ters raised are be­ing ad­dressed ur­gently we will not hes­i­tate to take fur­ther ac­tion.

“Every child in Scot­land has the right to safe, com­pas­sion­ate care which meets their needs and re­spects their rights.”

The improve­ment no­tice says man­age­ment of the ser­vice, based at North West Re­source Cen­tre, “must en­sure there are ap­pro­pri­ate per­sonal plans in place for chil­dren, de­tail­ing their in­di­vid­ual needs and how they are to be met” and “en­sure there are suit­ably qual­i­fied and com­pe­tent peo­ple work­ing in the ser­vice to meet the needs of chil­dren”.

Un­less the group makes “sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments”, a rec­om­men­da­tion will be made that the ser­vice is shut.

This is the sec­ond time con­cerns about Lin­clu­den Af­ter School Group have been raised.

A for­mal improve­ment no­tice was also is­sued in 2016.

No­body was avail­able for comment from the group yes­ter­day.

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