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SCOTTISH CARE SERVICES IMPROVE

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Care standards for those needing social work services in Scotland are slowly improving, according to the latest per...
Care standards for those needing social work services in Scotland are slowly improving, according to the latest performance information produced by the Accounts Commission.

The social work indicators reveal a slight increase in the proportion of qualified staff employed in residential homes, for example, and the third rise in a row in the numbers of people receiving respite care.

Just over one in three of the staff in council residential homes for children are now qualified, with a figure of one in five in homes for the elderly.

Other findings include:

Of the 11,200 children being looked after by councils in 1998-99, about 84% are being cared for in the community, much the same performance as the previous year. This figure includes 48% being cared for at home, a drop of over 6% since 1996-97, and 36% in other community placements.

Two out of three councils met the standard of two inspections per year for residential homes, up from one in three two years earlier.

The number of people receiving home care declined again to 71,600, continuing a marked trend since 1994's figure of 92,000. The commission noted that councils are providing a more hours to a less people with the greatest needs.

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