Midlothian service provides ‘excellent’ support

A support service for domestic abuse victims has received a glowing inspection report from a Scottish Government-funded watchdog body.

Women’s Aid East and Midlothian (WAEM) was inspected by the Care Inspectorate in June.

Based in Dalkeith, the confidential service provides information, support and temporary accommodation to women and their children who have experienced domestic abuse.

Its Children’s Service provides care for a maximum of 25 children and young people (CYPs) aged between 2-16.

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

Staffing, care and support provided by WAEM’s Housing Support and Children’s Services were deemed to be Excellent, while both the quality of management and leadership within each service was scored as Very Good.

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