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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.
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CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication, Guidance
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication
A guide for professionals.
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication, Guidance, Care Inspectorate Programmes & Publications
Using technology and digital devices to make a positive impact on health and wellbeing for people experiencing care.
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
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 children and young people are undertaken
CategoryNational strategies and frameworks
A national plan for implementing the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 between 2021 and 2023
This non-statutory Guidance describes the responsibilities and expectations for all involved in protecting children in Scotland and replaces the 2014 version.
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
An awareness leaflet and poster which gives details of the text to complain service number for children and young people
AuthorsCare Inspectorate, Celcis, Clan Childlaw
A practice note on welfare assessments for young people experiencing continuing care
AuthorsMedicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
Guidance promoting the safe use of bed rails
Early years practice guidance designed to refresh and build upon the original principles and philosophy of Pre-Birth to 3 and Building the Ambition
CategoryPolicy & Legislation
A Code of Practice for the review of Significant Case Reviews (SCRs) of children and young people in Scotland, outlining the role of the Care Inspectorate as a central collation point for SCRs and in reviewing and disseminating learning nationally. The Code also sets out the arra...
Guidance to raise awareness of preventing and managing choking episodes for those caring for young children
AuthorsSOS Children's Villages International
A child-friendly version of United Nations Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children which uses accessible language and visuals to inform children and young people about their right to live in a supportive family environment
AuthorsHealthcare Improvement Scotland and SIGN
A booklet for parents, carers and families of children and young people affected by alcohol in pregnancy, which explains Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and the recommendations made in a new clinical guideline on the subject.
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
AuthorsNHS Education for Scotland & Scottish Social Services Council
A learning resource for health and social care staff which will help support better conversations and interactions with carers