A support service for people with additional support needs in Cupar has been praised by inspectors from the Care Inspectorate.

Elmwood College supported accommodation service provides support for up to 14 people aged over 16 who attend the college.

At a recent inspection, inspectors graded the service as “excellent,” the highest possible grade, across all the areas inspected. This is the second inspection in a row where the service achieved these grades.

Inspectors noted: “The service provides excellent support to students attending courses at Elmwood Campus. This support is both in college and, as tenants, in the college's three residential villas. This allows people with additional support needs from all over the country to attend and get person-centred support to attain their goals.”

Inspectors also highlighted areas of good practice, adding: “The service has developed its focus on work placements and future planning for students. This included managing expectations for employability. Students have been involved, and taken the lead in, fundraising for activities.

“An educational trip to London was undertaken by students. Student support has been centralised into one area of the college, enabling students to know there is one place to go for all their different advice and support needs.”

A spokesperson for the Care Inspectorate said: “Everyone in Scotland has the right to good quality, compassionate care which meets their needs and respects their rights.

“The majority of care services in Scotland perform well, and where we encounter excellent services, it is vital we share good practice so that all care services in Scotland continue to improve and reach the high standards we expect.

“There is no room for complacency, and we will continue to work with this service to ensure high standards are maintained.

“Anyone with a concern about a service can contact our helpline on 0345 600 9527, anonymously if needed."

The full inspection report is available here.