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Paul Behan

Ayrshire care service for children is given thumbs up during inspection

An Ayrshire school care accommodation service for children has been given favourable ratings by the Care Inspectorate.

North Lodge House, in Adamton Estate, Monkton, was rated as ‘very good’ across five quality indicators.

It follows an unannounced inspection of the premises from the scrutiny body.

North Lodge is registered to care for a maximum of five young people aged between eight and 18.

The service is contained within a detached house in a semi-rural location close to Monkton.

At the time of the inspection, five young people were using the service.

An extract from the Care Inspectorate report said: “During the inspection we spoke with two of the young people experiencing care in the service and three of the young people’s social workers.

“We also spoke with parents of the young people.

“The young people told us they felt safe in the service. They were happy, describing the care that staff provided for them and the activities they engaged in.”

Children and young people’s wellbeing support was graded ‘very good’ while leadership at the lodge was also ‘very good.’

And the team, setting of the service and quality of planned care and support, all received ‘very good’ reviews.

The report continues: “We found significant strengths in aspects of the care provided and how these supported positive outcomes for people.

“And we found significant strengths in aspects of the leadership of the service and we evaluated this key question as very good.”

Another element of the service which was put in the spotlight was its ability to provide enjoyable mealtime experiences with the Care Inspectorate noting that young people were provided with “healthy and nourishing” food choices and, in addition to their own mealtime preferences, the service cook and staff offered “freshly cooked meals,” providing young people with new options to “broaden their experiences.”

The report also adds: “There are very few areas for improvement. Those that do exist will have minimal adverse impact on people’s experiences and outcomes.”

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