FOLLOWING an unannounced inspection by the Care Inspectorate, Glenriddle Road Children’s House, has been branded weak in the quality of its care and staffing.

The services, which is based in Coylton, is included within the registration of Sundrum View also Coylton. The main House at Sundrum View only became operational in March this year.

Tim Elpringham, Director of Health and Social Care told the Leadership Panel: “This was an unannounced inspection. This is a poor report. 

“I do think the contents of this report reflect some of the very good work which has been done but it does reflect specific weaknesses.

“We will make sure the advice is taken on board. No children or young people live within the facility, but staff support Sundrum View and Cunnninghame Place.”

It is recommended that a statement is created which sets out the actions the care service provider should take on to improve and develop the quality of the service.

Failure to do will result in enforcement. 

Leader of the Council Douglas Campbell said: “There are concerns about the quality of leadership and management.

“The main thing is we are providing the best service for our young people and keeping them safe in children’s homes.

“We need to provide them with quality care. I have had a discussion regarding the report and the need to review management arrangements.”

Quality of Care and Support and Quality of staffing have been graded weak. The ‘way in which the staff team committed to helping young people remain in contact with significant family members was branded one of the strengths. 

Cllr Peter Henderson said: “I understand this property is not open. If it is the intention to re-open it, I hope we can address these problems.”

Cllr Ian Cochrane said: “This report is appalling. Young people are the most vulnerable people in our society. We are failing and we need to do something to address this.”