Media Release: Kibble has ‘fierce commitment’ to young people

A SCOTTISH Government minister has described the “fierce commitment” of staff at Kibble Education and Care Centre to young people’s welfare.

Minister for Community Safety, Fergus Ewing, was making a statement to the Scottish Parliament on the country’s secure accommodation facilities.

Announcing that a working group – Securing Our Future Initiative (SOFI) – has been formed to look at how best secure units in Scotland can best serve the country’s needs, Mr Ewing said: “During my visit to Kibble secure unit I was impressed by the fierce commitment of staff to the young people in their care.

“I am sure that members will agree that the work that secure care staff carry out to stabilise lives, protect youngsters and make our communities safer is invaluable.”

Kibble – whose headquarters are in Paisley – is believed to be the largest multi-service centre in the United Kingdom specialising in work with young people at risk. Boys from all over Scotland are referred to Kibble by the courts, the Children’s Hearing system and local authorities.

As well as operating a secure unit, it provides community outreach, residential care, secondary education, intensive fostering, and employment training for care leavers delivered through a portfolio of social enterprises.

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