Child es­cape

In­spec­tors witness fire-exit es­cape in Cam­bus­lang

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Mur­ray Spooner

In­spec­tors wit­nessed a child es­cap­ing through a fire exit door with­out staff notic­ing at an out-of-school care agency in Cam­bus­lang.

The Cam­bus­lang Out of School Care Project re­ceived an ‘ad­e­quate’ grad­ing when the Care In­spec­torate at­tended the Vi­cars Walk build­ing last month.

In­spec­tors wit­nessed a child es­cap­ing through a fire exit door with­out staff know­ing at an out of school care agency in Cam­bus­lang.

The Cam­bus­lang Out of School Care Project re­ceived an ‘ad­e­quate’ grad­ing when the Care In­spec­torate at­tended the Vi­cars Walk build­ing last month.

But dur­ing the in­spec­tion on May 22, a num­ber of is­sues were raised in the re­port in­clud­ing the kitchen door be­ing left open where chil­dren could gain ac­cess to sharp items and clean­ing ma­te­ri­als.

The drive­way gate and the gate to the main en­trance were left ajar and a child was seen ex­it­ing through the fire exit door, left open to pro­vide fresh air and ac­cess to the out­door play area, to play on his own with­out adult su­per­vi­sion or staff aware­ness.

Three chil­dren were also re­ported bounc­ing on the tram­po­line when man­u­fac­ture guide­lines stated only one was per­mit­ted at one time. The dis­abled toi­let was used to store items which were found to be stored un­tidily.

The re­port, re­leased this month, high­lighted that staff were not “de­ployed ef­fec­tively” as one mem­ber of the team spent their time in the kitchen for most of the af­ter­noon. It added: “Through­out the in­spec­tion we iden­ti­fied ar­eas for im­prove­ment as a re­sult of the man­ager and staff not fol­low­ing poli­cies and pro­ce­dures and good prac­tice guide­lines.

“We dis­cussed with staff how they planned to pro­vide care and sup­port to meet chil­dren’s needs. We found per­sonal plans were in place, but not ev­ery child had one.

“The plans in place re­quired im­prove­ment to meet per­sonal plan leg­is­la­tion and en­sure staff planned how best to sup­port each child.”

How­ever, 10 par­ents or rel­a­tives told the Care In­spec­torate they were happy with the qual­ity of ser­vice pro­vided and staff were friendly and ap­proach­able.

The Cam­bus­lang Out of School Care Project is re­spon­si­ble for 30 chil­dren of pri­mary school age.

Mary Barbour, man­ager at Cam­bus­lang Out of School Care Project, said the agency was in the process of build­ing a fence around the front of the build­ing and the fire door will now re­main closed.

She added: “We have to re­spond to the is­sues raised with an ac­tion plan. All the is­sues raised have ei­ther been ad­dressed or will be ad­dressed be­fore Au­gust 31.”

Dur­ing school term the ser­vice pro­vides break­fast club and after school care and dur­ing school hol­i­days full day care.

At the time of the in­spec­tion the agency had 41 chil­dren reg­is­tered to use the ser­vice.

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