Child development centre opens in new premises

West Lothian’s Child Development Centre (CDC) celebrated the official opening of its premises today (13 June 2012), following its recent move into a newly refurbished building. Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People cut a ribbon with Theresa Douglas, Chair of the West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership.

Based in Craigshill, the Child Development Centre was formerly located in the Beatlie School Campus.  The Centre has been serving the West Lothian community for thirteen years providing services for children with disabilities and their families. It also provides an Autism spectrum assessment clinic.

The CDC multidisciplinary team consists of a number of specialists including a paediatrician, nurse specialist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and speech and language therapist.

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People, said: “It is crucial that disabled children and their families have access to support as and when they need it.

“The newly refurbished West Lothian Development Centre will provide children who have a range of complex needs with a first class facility where they can receive the best health care and educational support from birth through to age 18.  It’s a privilege to be able to officially open the new centre and I look forward to the benefits it will bring for local children and their families over the months and years ahead.”

Theresa Douglas, Chair, West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Minister to this improved facility which will significantly enhance and help maximise the delivery of specialised services for children delayed in development and with different forms of disability.”

Danny Logue, West Lothian Council’s Executive councillor for Social Policy, added: “The new facilities are first class and we are delighted that the centre is now open. The CDC has a proud history of providing vital services to the West Lothian community and the new centre will help facilitate the delivery of future services.”

Louise Jarman, Coordinator for the Child Development Centre, said: “The one stop shop model developed at Beatlie School Campus provides early intervention and includes multidisciplinary assessment, investigation and management of all forms of disability. A recent audit of parents has shown that our co-ordinated services and ability to act as an access point for other services at the appropriate times is very much appreciated by them in helping to reduce their feelings of isolation and feel part of the community.”

The Child Development Centre is now situated adjacent to the Beatlie School Campus.

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Notes to Editors

• The CDC opened in 1999, when the then West Lothian NHS Trust working in partnership with West Lothian Council developed a multiagency approach to the provision of services for children with disabilities and their families living in West Lothian.

13/06/2012