Encouraging report on progress towards region’s youngsters

A recent report by The Care Inspectorate has shown ‘encouraging progress’ in services for children and young people in the Dumfries and Galloway community planning partnership area.

It comes just over a year after a joint inspection of services in the area highlighted concerns with how well some services were safeguarding children.

Now, inspectors say they have found that very encouraging progress has been made on five priorities for improvement identified in April 2014.

The progress review was carried out by inspectors from the Care Inspectorate, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Constabulary in Scotland.

Their report notes: “Partners accepted fully the gravity of the inspection findings published in April 2014.

“In response to verbal feedback, they responded quickly and constructively. They demonstrated a preparedness to work more closely together and collectively raise their aspirations for children and young people.

“They developed a comprehensive improvement plan and prioritised actions to protect children and young people from abuse and neglect.”

They conclude: “We will continue to monitor progress as agreed with scrutiny partners and the Community Planning Partnership in Dumfries and Galloway.

Karen Anderson, Chief Executive of the Care Inspectorate, said: “Chief officers have taken the findings of the first inspection very seriously and have taken concerted action to secure improvements.

“We are pleased to see them prioritising improvements. However, there remains a need for continued investment and focus if improvements are to be sustained, and to have a positive impact.”