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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.
Poster to accompany the ELC campaign Keeping Children Safe.
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
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication
An awareness leaflet and poster which gives details of the text to complain service number for children and young people
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.
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication, Guidance
Guidance to ensure that premises-based services have clear information on the effective assessment of safe staffing, in line with our quality frameworks, the Health and Social Care Standards, the Health and Care Staffing Scotland Act 2019, and Safety Huddle and Professional Judgm...
Updated guidance setting out the Care Inspectorate’s expectations for residential services to plan for and assess the needs of children and young people before a placement begins, to consider how the needs of individual children and young people will be met.
AuthorsCare Inspectorate, Celcis, Clan Childlaw
A practice note on welfare assessments for young people experiencing continuing care
CategoryPolicy & Legislation
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.
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
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)