SOCIAL work bosses are looking to create a new residential care facility for adults with complex needs.

A current lack of provision is forcing some families to place loved ones, who have challenging disabilities and behaviours, in centres outside Scottish Borders.

But it is hoped that the gap in facilities can be plugged with a new residential facility for either six or 12 service users.

Scottish Borders Council is currently inviting experienced care companies to help draw up a business case for the proposed centre.

A spokesperson told us: “This is our first step in the process of scoping out what might be possible in terms of providing a supported living service here in Borders for people with a learning disability who have complex needs.

“We are looking to hear from organisations who have had previous experience of developing and delivering a similar service, to give us a better understanding of the options, challenges and possible solutions involved.

“Once we have had an opportunity to assess these in more detail, we will then be in a better position to see what our potential next steps might be.”

Social work bosses hope to meet with service providers next month to take the plans forward.

And they haven't ruled out a potential collaboration with a neighbouring local authority.

Care companies wishing to become involved in the initial discussions have until March 9 to declare their interest.