What to expect
Developed and updated by our policy team, this section of the site will help you maintain awareness of national policy developments affecting social care and social work services, as well as relevant legislation and the Health and Social Care Standards.
Browse resources including Care Inspectorate publications, guidance, and national strategies and frameworks, related to the social care and social work sector in Scotland.
A library of publications by the Scottish Government and other national bodies setting out relevant policy developments or direction
CategoryNational strategies and frameworks
This framework will examine how the health and healthcare of people living in care homes should be optimised, supported, and delivered. It will also enhance the assessment, monitoring and response to the forever-changing health and healthcare needs of people who live in care home...
AuthorsNHS Education for Scotland
AuthorsScottish Government / COSLA
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication, National strategies and frameworks
A strategy providing an insight into what the Care Inspectorate's improvement support offer will be over the next three years and how we will identify where improvements are required
A national strategy for community justice providing a shared vision to help partners and communities work together effectively to improve community justice outcomes, while retaining the flexibility to adapt to local needs and circumstances
National report on notifications submitted between January 2018 and December 2021
Findings from the review of care service definitions independent research
An updated ASL action plan, setting out the progress made since October 2020, to deliver against the recommendations made by the review of implementation of additional support for learning.
AuthorsScottish Government and COSLA
Refreshed strategy which sets out work to improve the care and wellbeing of people in Scotland by making best use of digital technologies in the design and delivery of services, in a way, place and time that works best for them
A national plan for implementing the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 between 2021 and 2023
CategoryNational strategies and frameworks, Guidance
A framework for dementia detailing the knowledge and skills all health and social services staff should aspire to achieve in relation to the role they play in supporting people with a diagnosis of dementia, and their families, and carers
An action plan setting out the Scottish Government’s vision for childminding and the actions to support it that are
being taken now and into the future