Out-of-school care provider in Lothians must make urgent improvements

An out-of-school care provider in Edinburgh and the Lothians must make urgent improvements in the care experienced by children at three of its services, inspectors have said.

The Care Inspectorate has served three formal Improvement Notices on the services following inspections which raised serious concerns.

The services are: Law Out of School Club in North Berwick (pictured), Stoneyhill After School Club in Musselburgh and Yester After School Club in Haddington.

The notices each lists four aspects of care which require urgent improvement.

These include improving child protection policies and procedures, safer recruitment and self-evaluation.

Management must “develop and implement a system that ensures there is a sufficiency of information gathered about each child to meet their medical, care and support needs and that the information is recorded in each child’s personal plan.”

And they must “ensure that personal plan includes any individual strategies for support that is to be implemented. The personal plan must be reviewed at least once in every six month period.

A spokesperson for the Care Inspectorate said: “These Improvement Notices we have issued clearly lay out the improvements we need to see so that the care experienced by children improves, quickly.

“We will visit these services again soon to check on progress and if we are not satisfied that the matters raised are being addressed, we will not hesitate to take further action.

The Improvement Notices are available here:

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