Children’s home graded excellent by Care Inspectorate

Inspectors have given the council’s only children’s home a glowing report, grading it ‘Excellent’ in two areas and ‘Very Good’ in the other two aspects assessed.

Wheatlands in Galashiels provides accommodation and care for up to five young people aged 12-18.

The Care Inspectorate’s Sandra Wright carried out a two-day visit in April but her report has just been published.

In it she praised the staff for their work with the young people, making particular reference to the way young people are supported to achieve their goals and broaden their experiences.

The report identified one area for improvement, recommending that action be taken to avoid duplication of information being recorded and to ensure it is up to date.

Executive member for social work, Councillor Frances Renton, said: “It is superb to see the hard work of all those at the home recognised.

“It is an excellent report and the whole staff team within Wheatlands, the staff who place and support the young people and the young people themselves should be very proud of their achievements.”