Children’s care service warned
Group told to improve or face closure
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.