Dad hits out as in­spec­tors slam ‘weak’ per­for­mance at kids’ club

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Marc McLean

A par­ent who has com­plained about the care his daugh­ter re­ceived at a Cam­bus­lang af­ter school club says he is amazed it has not been shut down.

The dad hit out over the stan­dard of care at Cam­bus­lang Out Of School Club (COSC) af­ter in­spec­tors com­piled a damn­ing re­port on the ser­vice.

The Care In­spec­torate vis­ited the cen­tre ear­lier this year and sub­se­quently de­liv­ered find­ings of “weak” per­for­mances in all four key ar­eas: qual­ity of care and sup­port; qual­ity of en­vi­ron­ment; qual­ity of staffing; and qual­ity of man­age­ment and lead­er­ship.

In­spec­tors also found that proper pro­ce­dures were not ad­hered to at COSC, in­clud­ing hav­ing proper per­sonal plans on file for chil­dren.

The Cam­bus­lang dad and his ex-wife first raised com­plaints with COSC three years ago over the care of their daugh­ter, and they also in­volved the Care In­spec­torate.

And af­ter with­draw­ing both their chil­dren from COSC ear­lier this year, the par­ents con­tacted the care watch­dog once again.

Care in­spec­tors made an unan­nounced visit to COSC, and then pro­duced a re­port which crit­i­cised the ser­vice in all ar­eas.

The young girl’s fa­ther, who asked not to be named, blasted the fa­cil­ity, telling the Re­former: “The con­clu­sions of the re­port are ut­terly ap­palling.

“Young, and some­times dis­abled, chil­dren are en­rolled in this ser­vice and it beg­gars be­lief that a ser­vice run so in­com­pe­tently is in such a po­si­tion of re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“COSC would have to im­prove dra­mat­i­cally and quickly if they are to re­main open. I would not trust them to keep any child safe af­ter an in­spec­tion with so many con­cern­ing con­clu­sions.”

A COSC board mem­ber this week in­sisted that “big changes” have taken place since the re­port was pub­lished, in­clud­ing re­plac­ing the for­mer man­ager.

In the damn­ing 15-page dossier on the Cam­bus­lang af­ter school club, the Care In­spec­torate found that:

Child pro­tec­tion pro­ce­dures were not be­ing fol­lowed and not all staff mem­bers had at­tended train­ing

The club did not have per­sonal plans for every child as ex­pected

The staff of­fice had a lack of se­cu­rity and pri­vacy.

In­spec­tors were not con­fi­dent that staff were well-in­formed and knowl­edge­able about their roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to keep chil­dren safe.

Staff had not at­tended any train­ing or devel­op­ment days, and the club had not ar­ranged any for­mal train­ing.

There was a lack of un­der­stand­ing and knowl­edge about the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in re­la­tion to safer re­cruit­ment and child pro­tec­tion.

The af­ter school club is based in Vi­cars Walk and runs from Mon­day-Fri­day be­tween 7.30am and 6.15pm.

It has been op­er­at­ing for more than 15 years and al­most 50 chil­dren cur­rently at­tend through­out the week.

When in­spec­tors turned up unan­nounced they gath­ered the views of eight par­ents whose chil­dren at­tend COSC, and they were all sat­is­fied

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