A SPECIALIST child and youth care charity has been awarded "gold" status by Investors in People  (IIP).

Kibble, which has a centre in Paisley, was awarded the status for prioritising employees and empowering its workforce.

Through IIP's evaluation, the good cause achieved gold status overall, however, they scored platinum level for several categories including living the organisation's values and behaviours, structuring work, delivering continuous improvement and creating sustainable success.

Jim Gillespie, Chief Executive Officer of Kibble said: “It is with great pride Kibble accepts the ‘gold’ status for investing in people and investing in young people.

“We do understand that the difference Kibble makes to the lives of children, young people and families is only possible due to our driven and caring staff team and to be recognised for respecting and prioritising our workforce is an honour.

“We will continue to invest in the individuals who dedicate themselves to developing a rewarding career with us.

"Our aim has always been to ensure each employee has access to the support and resources needed to change the lives of young people who have faced adversity and give them the best chance at life.”

Karen Kerr, Kibble HR Manager, added: “Kibble stays true to its values of respect, ambition and belonging by listening to employees and ensuring their needs are considered within overall business operations.

“The ‘Gold’ status from Investors in People confirms our commitment to our workforce and the fact there is an opportunity to build a long-term career with us.

"We will match your ambitions by supporting you to complete valuable training and gain further qualifications.”

The report also credited the people working across the charity for being the "backbone" of it.