A CARE facility for children near Helensburgh has been praised for its “excellent standard of care” by industry inspectors.

Blairvadach, in Shandon, was recently assessed by the Care Inspectorate and earned top marks for the support it offers to residents under the age of 18.

The facility is run by West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (WDHSCP).

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In the recent report, inspectors praised staff and said young people are being very well looked after. Staff were also recognised for working incredibly hard to ensure the lives of the young residents are moving forward.

Inspectors said the Champion’s Board, which gives young people in care a voice and a say in key decisions that affect their lives, was a major strength in the house and of WDHSCP.

The inspection team were also impressed with the care planning, saying it was clear that young people were at the heart of decisions and were able to proudly speak of their care plans and achievements.

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Inspectors graded both the leadership and the staff as “very good” and praised them for fully meeting the needs of the young people and for being passionate about improving the home for the benefit of residents.

The inspection team received feedback from a number of young people during their visit, with comments including: “I feel safe in here and I know I can trust the staff. It’s a nice environment for me and I see this as my house until I am 18.”

Councillor Marie McNair, chair of WDHSCP audit committee, said: “This is an excellent inspection report for the management and staff at Blairvadach.

"It is very clear the young people are receiving outstanding care and support.

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“This report is testament to the hard work and commitment of our dedicated and committed staff who care passionately about our children and young people.

"I would like to congratulate everyone at Blairvadach for their contribution to this positive inspection.”

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