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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