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NEATH PORT TALBOT CBC IMPROVING SERVICE AT HILLSIDE SECURE CENTRE

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A report published today by the National Assembly for Wales shows that Hillside Secure Centre, in Neath Port Talbot...
A report published today by the National Assembly for Wales shows that Hillside Secure Centre, in Neath Port Talbot, continues to provide a safe and secure service and has made improvements since the last inspection three years ago.

The inspection was carried out by the Social Services Inspectorate for Wales, the Care Standards Inspectorate for Wales, and Estyn, (the education inspectorate for Wales). The report makes 18 recommendations for further improvements, to improve standards further. Neath Port Talbot CBC and the manager and staff at Hillside have produced an action plan to address the recommendations, some of which have already been implemented.

Hillside accommodates up to eighteen young people in a secure centre, some of whom are placed there for reasons of their own welfare and some who are young offenders. The centre provides secure accommodation with an appropriate level of care and continuing education and requires formal approval from the national assembly. As a result of this inspection, approval has been granted up until November 2006.

Minister for health and social services Dr Brian Gibbons welcomed the report. He said: 'The Welsh Assembly government takes seriously the need to provide an appropriately secure yet caring environment for up to eighteen young people who are accommodated at Hillside. This inspection is a timely consideration of the progress made in ensuring the safety, education and social development of these young people. The inspection report will help Neath Port Talbot, the council with responsibility for the centre, along with managers and staff, plan future service improvements.'

Chief social services inspector Graham Williams said: 'Secure accommodation is essential for a small number of young people. I am pleased to note the improvements made at Hillside over the last three years. The recommendations and accompanying action plan highlight the need to continue to work towards improving standards of care, education, security and other services.'

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