Scots secure wins staffing boost

Twenty-two new posts are to be created as part of a
£788,000 package of improvements at a Scottish secure
residential school, Glasgow Council’s social work department
has announced.

The new package will increase Kerelaw’s budget by 20 per
cent to £4.8 million and result in a 6 per cent increase in
fees – currently £1,231 per week in the main school and
£2,221 in the secure unit.

Glasgow’s depute director of social work, Rab Murray,
said: “There is a recognition that standards of care could be
significantly improved with more staff.”

Kerelaw has been plagued with reports of violent incidents,
attempted suicides, drug-taking and poor inspection reports.

The long-term plan is to demolish Kerelaw and replace it with a
£18 million purpose-built school.

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