Management of a north-east out-of-school club has been rated “weak” by inspectors.
Monitors from the Care Inspectorate watchdog visited Balmedie Out of School Club at Balmedie Primary School on Forsyth Road on February 20 and have now published their inspection report.
Following a previous visit in March 2018, the Care Inspectorate told the club to bring in a system to ensure children’s needs are met.
However, the new report said the club, which can look after up to 48 children at any one time, had not fulfilled that requirement – and that strong leadership is now required.
The new report said: “We found action plans had been developed and some best-practice documents had been sourced. However, we found minimal improvements had been made. We shared further best-practice documents to support improvement.”
It added: “Strong leadership is now required to increase the pace of change and significantly improve children’s experiences and outcomes.”
Inspectors rated management and leadership as “weak” – the second worst of six possible ratings.
They said inhalers had been left in locked cupboards “which may cause delay accessing these in an emergency and does not support school-aged children to be responsible and independent”.
Several parents praised the club. One told inspectors: “The club is great, my child loves coming.”
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However, one child told inspectors: “The boys pick on me. It makes me feel sad and angry. It does hurt quite a lot.”
A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council, which runs the club, said: “We take allegations of bullying extremely seriously and note the findings of the inspection.
“Inspectors acknowledge an enthusiastic new team with a range of skills and experience has recently been put in place.
“We are pleased inspectors recognised improvements have been made to safeguarding and child protection procedures.
“That said, we recognise that progress is needed across a range of areas and are working with the club on their journey towards improvement.”