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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.
Community Planning Partnerships, Integrated Joint Boards, Local Authorities, and any other people or organisations involved in the provision of social care and social work services across Scotland.
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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
Guidance about the performance of functions under Part 1 of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007
CategoryNational strategies and frameworks
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
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication, Guidance
Guidance for applicants or existing providers of care home services for adults setting out expectations on a number of key elements of care home building design and room size. The guidance is an update on the original 2018 guidance to take account of the new Health and Social Car...
Guidance on good practice for pathways
A national plan for implementing the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 between 2021 and 2023
AuthorsThe Care Inspectorate
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication
Review of throughcare practice in community justice social work services
Best practice guidance for public bodies on procurement of care and support services - originally published in March 2016, it has been updated to reflect changes that have occurred as a result of the UK's exit from the EU and the end of the Transition Period
AuthorsNHS Education for Scotland
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
Easy read version of the report of the Independent Review led by Derek Feeley, recommending improvements to adult social care support in Scotland.
Community engagement and participation guidance for NHS Boards, Integration Joint Boards and Local Authorities that are planning and commissioning care services in Scotland
Report of the Independent Review led by Derek Feeley, recommending improvements to adult social care support in Scotland.
AuthorsCare Inspectorate and SSSC
Guidance for social service workers, providers, managers, supervisors, social workers and social work students to support workers and providers to recognise potential signs
of ill-treatment or wilful neglect, when an offence may have occurred and how and who you should report thi...
Guidance on managing self-directed support for adults with incapacity
Practical fire safety guidance for those who are responsible for specialised housing and for those who provide care and support in such premises
Guidance setting out how to improve practice in the issuing and implementation of directions issued under the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014
Scottish Government guidance for local authorities about their statutory duties relating to the provision of Appropriate Adult services
Guide on social work and human rights designed to reflect on the importance of human rights and how the social work profession can be at the forefront of defending existing rights and building new rights and protections for the most vulnerable.
A collection of case studies to demonstrate examples of good practice within health and social care
AuthorsA Way Home Scotland
Guidance and recommendations to make support for care leavers at risk of becoming homeless more consistent across Scotland and easier for care providers