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Social services success studied

The council has been praised for its work with vulnerable adults

A council is set to meet to discuss a report praising the transformation in its social work services.

About five years ago Scottish Borders Council was heavily criticised after the abuse of a vulnerable woman by three men, one of whom was her carer.

The Social Work Inspection Agency has now rated the region's services as among the best in Scotland.

The council is due to meet at its headquarters to analyse the findings of the latest SWIA report.

Borders Council's social services were evaluated in 10 key areas - eight were rated as "good" and the remaining two as "very good".

The report also made nine recommendations for improvements to the service.

Social work director Andrew Lowe said it underlined the progress the authority had made since the abuse case of 2002.

He said: "Sometimes out of bad things, good things come.

"We were the first council in Scotland to have a vulnerable adults committee with an independent chair rigorously looking at the work we do.

"We are now being commended for the multi-agency training we do, getting vulnerable adults themselves to help in that training."

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