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Find out how the resources on The Hub can support you on your improvement journey. Developed and updated with our improvement team, this section of the site will help you start your improvement journey, with key points, tools and tips for improvement activity which can be applied wherever you are and in no matter what care service. In this section you will also find an overview of all our improvement resources on the Hub as well as information on our recent improvement work.
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.
Residential services that ensure the needs of children and young people are met when they cannot live with their own family.
Using the drop down menus below, you can filter resources by resource type, relevant topics or date of publication.
AuthorsMedicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
Guidance promoting the safe use of bed rails
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication, Guidance
Guidance on the records all registered care services (except childminding) must keep about people who use a service, staff records, environment and safety, complaints, medication, finance, staffing levels and deployment. It also includes guidance on notification reporting for all...
CategoryPolicy & Legislation
Practical fire safety guidance for those who are responsible for specialised housing and for those who provide care and support in such premises
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication
Care Inspectorate report on the main themes emerging from notifications received by the Care Inspectorate related to the deaths of 61 care-experienced children and young people between 2012 and 2018
Guidance to raise awareness of preventing and managing choking episodes for those caring for young children
AuthorsChildren’s Parliament and the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland
Toolkit for adults who work with children and young people, which highlights the ways in which children and young people already act as human rights defenders, and how adults can best empower and protect them
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
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
CategoryGuidance, Care Inspectorate Publication
A guide for care services undertaking self-evaluation
AuthorsSociety for Companion Animal Studies
A voluntary code intended to offer guidance on good practice for designing and delivering Animal Assisted Interventions effectively and safely, ensuring that the welfare needs of both humans and animals are met
Our quality framework and methodology for inspecting care homes for children and young people and school care accommodation based on the new Health and Social Care Standards.
National guidance to help professionals give advice and support to young people on healthy relationships and consent
AuthorsCare Inspectorate and Scottish Social Services Council
Guidance to advise employers, social service workers and social work students on their duty and responsibilities in raising and acting on concerns
AuthorsRoyal Pharmaceutical Society
A guide on How to use The Hub.
Guide to children's rights legislation, including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC)
Good practice examples to give care services ideas on how to bring generations together in a variety of care settings in a way that improves the quality of their lives