The Care Inspectorate has given top marks to two critical services provided by a Paisley-based care charity that supports children and young people at risk.

Kibble's Adult Placement Services (APS) and Intensive Fostering Services (IFS) have been rated "very good" for their support of wellbeing and "excellent" for their care planning.

Housing their operations in west and central Scotland, Kibble takes care of children and young people ranging from the ages of five to 26.

Jim Gillespie, chief executive of Kibble, said: "The reports clearly demonstrate we have raised the standards of care and are providing continuity from early years to adulthood for optimal results.

“We continue to invest in our services to further enhance our offering and to reach more families and young people across Scotland and beyond.”

Children cared for by Kibble have suffered significant trauma, and the organisation aims to provide them with the care and support needed to move forward, which include residential and community support, and schools and wellbeing services.

According to recent reports, IFS recruits and supports foster carers to accommodate and provide short breaks for young people aged between five and 18, while APS assists youngsters who wish to continue living with their foster families even after turning 18.

The reports also said Kibble drove improvements in IFS and APS, implementing processes and engaging young people in planning their own care.

One foster carer, who was interviewed as part of the inspection, said: “The children are asked and encouraged to be involved in everything that concerns them, their voice and opinions matter most of all.”

Kibble's continual care, under APS, has also garnered praise for enabling young adult to develop critical life skills for their future.

Sandy Mayhew, director of community services, said: “It’s vitally important our carers are well prepared and supported to ensure young people get the best possible care.

“We are particularly proud of our immersive training and support offered to our network of foster caregivers which is uniquely trauma-informed to provide specialist care to young people.”

Kibble continues its recruitment efforts, offering a package inclusive of full training, qualifications, fostering fees and allowances, plus 24/7 assistance from its experienced fostering team.

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