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The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) and Ofsted has agreed to share information with a view to improving each other’s intelligence of local authorities children’s services. The Protocol between the two bodies means that information about complaints handled by the LGO relating to a local authorities children’s services will be routinely…
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. The notice explained that the service must ensure that…
Re-offending rates among criminals given short jail sentences remain high and public protection work is "weak" despite a probation revolution, watchdogs have warned. Risks of harm presented by prisoners are not always recognised and victims are not always protected, according to an assessment of a key plank of a shake-up…
A scandal-hit ambulance trust is to be put into special measures after a regulator found it was putting patients at risk. In a series of damning reports, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) detailed how patients had abandoned their telephone calls for help - particularly on weekends - due to problems…
The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales 2015-16 annual report will be the last for outgoing Chief Inspector Imelda Richardson as she retires at the end of the month. In her final report the Chief Inspector said: "I am pleased to report that 90% of services we inspected met the…
The Welsh Government has appointed Gillian Baranski as the new Chief Inspector of the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales (CSSIW).Currently Chief Executive of CAFCASS Cymru, Ms Baranksi will take over from outgoing Chief Inspector Imelda Richardson who will retire at the end of the month. She will take…
Health and social care services in Aberdeen are delivering good outcomes for many older people, but improvements are also needed in key areas. That is the view of inspectors following a joint inspection of services for older people across the Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership. It looked at…
A new set of information and awareness resources around the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 on the Information and Learning Hub. The materials consist of a PowerPoint presentation, which provides an overview of the Act and what it means for the social care sector, and four…
Staff at Scotland's largest prison face "extra challenges" from a large increase in the number of sex offenders housed in Barlinnie, according to a report. An inspection of the male-only prison on the outskirts of Glasgow described it as "well-run" but highlighted issues over the need for separate work and…
A hospital for mentally ill children has been slammed by health officials after inspectors observed a youngster harming themselves in front of a member of staff. Huntercombe Hospital in Stafford has been placed in special measures by the Care Quality Commission after inspectors identified a number of serious failings. During…
Significant progress has been made in improving services for children and young people in Dumfries and Galloway, inspectors have said. Inspectors returned for a second follow-up review of services in the area after an initial inspection in February 2014 raised concerns and identified five priority areas for urgent improvement. Inspectors…
A new study by the Mental Welfare Commission found many positive aspects of care and support for people with severe and enduring mental ill health in Scotland who were in touch with community mental health services. Most people interviewed were satisfied with their care and treatment, saw local mental health…