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Council praised for inclusive care provided to children with additional support needs

East Renfrewshire's approach to providing children with additional support needs with access to sport and leisure activities has been praised by the Care Inspectorate.

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The Holiday Programme and Inclusive Support Service, which is delivered by East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP),  excelled in the two areas inspectors focused on.

Inspectors rated the quality of care and support as Excellent - the highest grading available - and the quality of management and leadership as Very Good.

The service provides care for up to sixty children and young people per day, aged four to nineteen, with additional support needs. It aims to ensure that all children and young people with additional support needs are healthy, active and included by improving their access to opportunities for recreation, leisure and sport.

It is fantastic to see such a positive report and it is testament to our dedicated staff that the Care Inspectorate has found the quality of care provided is excellent. Whilst the inspection took place in Isobel Mair School, the team is also based out in the community and all service users receive support relative to their individual needs and are supported either individually or in small groups to access their chosen activities. We will continue to strive for further improvements as part of our commitment to supporting all residents throughout East Renfrewshire.
Councillor Caroline Bamforth - Chair of the East Renfrewshire HSCP Board

The inspection saw inspectors survey and speak to service users, their parents and staff. The report has noted that:

  • Service users were very settled in the service environment and presented as very content and happy.
  • Children/young people received very good support for their health and wellbeing needs.
  • A holistic approach to meeting service users needs was undertaken. 
  • Children/young people with complex needs had appropriate resources available to promote a very good experience.
  • Staff received annual child protection training with regular discussion at staff meetings.
  • Staff are knowledgeable about the procedures to be followed and spoke confidently about their roles and responsibilities in relation to keeping children safe from harm.

The report also made a small number of recommendations that will be taken forward by the service in the coming months.


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