Press Release - Lincluden After School Group, Dumfries

An after school care service in Dumfries must make urgent improvements in the care experienced by children, inspectors have said.

The Care Inspectorate has served a formal Improvement Notice on Lincluden After School Group following an inspection which raised concerns.

The notice lists three areas which require urgent improvement.

These are procedures around administering medication to children; ensuring children’s individual care needs are met; and ensuring staff are recruited safely.

The notice says management of the service must ensure there are appropriate personal plans in place for children, detailing their individual needs and how they are to be met. They must also ensure there are suitably qualified and competent people working in the service to meet the needs of children.

A spokesperson for the Care Inspectorate said: "The Improvement 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.

"Anyone with a concern can contact our helpline on 0345 600 9527."

The improvement notice is available here: http://bit.ly/lincludenimprovementnotice