DUMBARTON’S MSP says more needs to be done to help children in the area with additional needs.

Jackie Baillie made the call after statistics revealed that fewer than three per cent of children with additional support needs, who are being supported by social work services, are having their needs met through a co-ordinated support plan (CSP).

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In 2018, there were 21,906 young people with additional support needs in Scotland, who are also being supported by social work services, but only 621 (2.8 per cent) had a coordinated support plan.

Ms Baillie has called on West Dunbartonshire Council to ensure that they buck this trend.

She said: “These Scotland-wide figures are incredibly worrying, and reveal that young people with additional support needs are being badly let down.

“170 children in West Dunbartonshire with an additional support need are also supported by social work services.

“The figures don’t tell us how many of them have a coordinated support plan but I hope that the local authority is bucking the national trend.”

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West Dunbartonshire Council had not responded to a request for comment by the time we went to press.