THE role played by a children’s charity working in Ross-shire with young people "on the edge of care" has been acknowledged.
It comes after Aberlour Sustain, which has a base in Invergordon, announced results of its early intervention plan following intensive work with 14 families. This, it says, prevented 11 young people from either being taken into residential care or placed in foster care, keeping them with their families.
Scottish government childcare minister Maree Todd, an MSP who is herself based in Ross-shire, declared early intervention vital to making the care system "the best it can possibly be". She said: "Early engagement with families whose children are on the edge of care is vital to ensure they receive the support they need, when they need it most.
"It has been a humbling experience to meet the Aberlour staff and the people who use its services where I was able to see first-hand how crucial their work is in supporting families in the area who are very much in need."
Jim Wallace, director of services at Aberlour, said: "We know that early intervention works. It works for our families and communities, and it has positive financial implications through reducing the council’s expenditure had these children required to be place in care.
"The Sustain project is all about providing a service tailored to the needs of each family and their unique set of circumstances. This approach, combined with the skill, expertise and dedication of our staff has been the key to the success we have seen here."