Staff from an Aberdeen after-school club have been criticised for leaving a child alone in a minibus with a driver.
The Care Inspectorate watchdog visited the Rising Light After School Club, at the Fountain House on Palmerston Road, Aberdeen, last May and ordered it to make eight improvements after finding a shortage of staff and children not protected from the sun.
Inspectors returned on February 20 and, though they have identified improved staffing levels, they said seven of the eight improvements have not been made.
A new report said: “Since the last inspection the service had been successful in recruiting new staff.
“We found one child was left in the minibus with the driver while the staff member went into a second school to collect other children.
“In order to keep children safe and protect them from harm, children should not be left with anyone who has not been through the safer recruitment process for care and support staff.
“A job description for minibus drivers should include clarification that they must not be left alone with the children as they are not care and support staff.”
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However, the club said its drivers have had safety checks.
The report added: “A sun protection policy had been put in place. All staff had completed first aid training.
“While there had been some progress made in relation to meeting this requirement further work is required.”
The club’s service provider Chris Gbeni said: “We are pleased the report notes the improvements that have been made since last summer and that we have spent extra funds employing more staff.
“Our intention is to go above and beyond the expectations by the time of the next report.
“All our drivers are safety checked and we should have pushed back on that to the Care Inspectorate once it appeared in their report.”