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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.
Housing support covers a range of activities that allow people to maintain their accommodation, meet their duties and responsibilities as a tenant and get involved in the local community.
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Good postural care is important for everyone and especially for people with movement disorders and for those whose physical wellbeing is changing.
Track your own movement improvement over time
AuthorsRoyal College of Nursing
This guide has been created by the Mouth Care Matters in End-of-Life Care Steering Group. It has been developed to help support people during the end of life when a person is dying, and can be used by relatives and those important to the person.
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
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication, Guidance
Records that all registered children and young peoples care services must keep and guidance on notification reporting.
Guidance about the performance of functions under Part 1 of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007
CategorySelf-directed Support Library, Care Inspectorate Publication, Guidance
A guide to support managers and staff in services to develop and improve how personal plans for adults are undertaken
AuthorsEat Well Age Well / Care Inspectorate
A resource for the care at home sector to help care at home staff feel confident in understanding, identifying and addressing when a person’s diet is not meeting their nutritional needs
CategoryNational strategies and frameworks
A national plan for implementing the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 between 2021 and 2023
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
This trauma-informed practice toolkit has been developed as part of the National Trauma Training Programme, to support all sectors of the workforce, in planning and developing trauma informed services.
A quality framework for use in self-evaluation, scrutiny and improvement support in relation to housing support and offender accommodation services
AuthorsCare Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Guidance for staff on how to communicate with a person to understand their care needs and any information required
CategoryGuidance, Care Inspectorate Publication
Guidance, developed with Scottish Care and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, highlighting good practice to support people with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties (Dysphagia)
AuthorsMedicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
Guidance promoting the safe use of bed rails