Damning report on Midlothian Council’s adoption service

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Midlothian Council’s adoption service has been heavily criticised by the government-funded watchdog the Care Inspectorate.

In a recently-published report, inspectors labelled the quality of care and support provided by the service as ‘weak’ and gave it the lowest score in Scotland.

Their assessment follows an unannounced inspection at the Mayfield base of the Adoption Service in May.

An independent regulator, the Care Inspectorate awards quality grades, ranging from 1 (Unsatisfactory) to 6 (Excellent), to social care and social work services.

Of 38 adoption services graded, the Midlothian Council score of 2 (weak) for Quality of Care and Support was the lowest in all of Scotland.

Its grades for Quality of Staffing and Quality of Leadership and Management were 4 (Good) and 3 (Adequate).

The service’s failings are identified in a Care Inspectorate report on the visit.

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