A spokesperson for the Care Inspectorate said: “An inspection has identified serious and significant concerns about the quality of care experienced by young people at Allinvale House, Airdrie.

“We understand this is a difficult and distressing time for young people, their families and staff at the service.

“However, our first priority is always the health and wellbeing of young people.

"Because of our concerns about the safety of young people we have issued an Improvement Notice to the service. This sets out the significant improvements that must be made, swiftly, so that the care experienced by young people is of a standard they have a right to expect.

“We are working closely with partners including relevant local authorities to ensure that young people experience appropriate care during this difficult time."

“Anyone with a concern can contact us on 0345 600 9527.”

The Improvement Notice is available here.