An after school group in Dumfries has been told it must make swift improvements to the care provided to children.

The Care Inspectorate has issued a formal improvement notice to Lincluden After School Group, which lays out the areas which must improve.

This includes ensuring that children’s individual care needs are met by reviewing staffing arrangements to make sure there is a competent, qualified and skilled person who can take charge in the absence of the manger.

The service must also ensure there are sufficient qualified, competent and knowledgeable staff working in the service to meet the needs of all children at all times.

The service must also ensure children’s privacy and dignity at all times. To do this they must consider staff training needs to ensure they meet children’s individual needs and also ensure that the arrangements for changing children are reviewed to ensure privacy and dignity at all times.

A spokesperson for the Care Inspectorate said: "We have clearly set out the areas which require swift improvement at Lincluden After School Group so that the care provided to children reaches a standard that they have a right to expect.

"We will inspect this service again soon to check on progress and to ensure that improvements have been made. If we are not satisfied that sufficient progress is being made quickly, we will not hesitate to take further action.

"Children in Scotland have the right to safe, compassionate care which meets their needs and respects their rights.

"Anyone with a concern about a care service should contact us on 0345 600 9527."

Notes to Editors

The improvement notice is available here: