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Scotland's independent social care watchdog, the Care Inspectorate, has published two new reports into services for children and young people in two local authority areas. The reports are the first to be created following the successful pilot of a new method of inspecting services for young people, using the expertise…
New investment by the government in Scotland could create as many as 2,000 full or part time childcare jobs, according to a Member of the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish government is to pump an investment of £3.5 million into measures designed to allow more women in Scotland to return to…
A care worker who robbed an elderly client has refused to carry out unpaid work in the community. Fiona Cummings, 45, declined to show up for work and claimed she did not like the language of the other offenders on the scheme. She told Perth Sheriff Court yesterday that she…
Professor Jonathan Chick has been appointed as the new medical director of addiction specialist, Castle Craig. Professor Chick is an eminent consultant psychiatrist with a distinguished career in the National Health Service. Professor Chick was a leading researcher in the addiction field for a number of years and has been…
A man spent the night in police cells after an error by a member of Dundee City Council’s social work department, the city’s sheriff court has heard. Local newspaper, The Courier, reported that Kevin Delaney was wrongly ruled to have breached his supervised attendance order, despite having attended at the…
A "cruel" nurse who falsely accused her grandfather of rape in a bid to claim inheritance money has been jailed. Natalie Mortimer, 25, sparked a police investigation when she claimed she had been sexually abused by Gordon Ritchie. She had believed she would get more money if he had been…
Hundreds of Scotland’s most vulnerable young people are to be given greater rights to continuing their care placement into early adulthood from next year, the Scottish Government has announced. From April 2015, teenagers in residential, foster or kinship care who turn 16 will be entitled to remain looked after until…
The Scottish Government has announced that supervisors in care at home and housing support services will have to register with the Scottish Social Services Council, beginning in June 2014. Precise dates for when registration will begin and when it must be completed by will be announced in the coming months,…
Two social workers have been found guilty of contempt of court after they defied a legal ruling to prevent a mother gaining greater access to her estranged children. The Edinburgh City Council employees, referred to as “CM” and “GL”, went against the decision of Sheriff Kathrine Mackie which allowed the…
Work is set to begin in the new year on three new community health centres in the NHS Lanarkshire area. The centres, which will have a combined cost of £51m, will serve more than 89,000 people in the towns of Wishaw, East Kilbride and Kilsyth. The builds are expected to…
A £1.35 million unit for young people with cancer has been opened by the Duchess of York. The new facility, created by the Teenage Cancer Trust in partnership with NHS Lothian, offers patients aged 16 to 24 a place where they can feel at home and meet other youngsters going…
A care home in the Borders has agreed not to admit any new residents until it tackles a list of 25 requirements and improvements. The Care Inspectorate's most recent inspection at Galashiels Nursing Home found a number of failures. It described care and support and the environment as "unsatisfactory" and…

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