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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.
Community Planning Partnerships, Integrated Joint Boards, Local Authorities, and any other people or organisations involved in the strategic provision of social care and social work services across Scotland.
Using the drop down menus below, you can filter resources by resource type, relevant topics or date of publication.
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication
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.
Early years practice guidance designed to refresh and build upon the original principles and philosophy of Pre-Birth to 3 and Building the Ambition
Guidance and practical advice for early learning and childcare settings and practitioners on how to access outdoor spaces to create safe, nurturing and inspiring outdoor learning experiences
CategoryPolicy & Legislation
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication, Guidance
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 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
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
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.
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
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
Updated code of guidance to help guide local authorities in their duties to assist people who are threatened with or who are experiencing homelessness
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
Guidance is intended to support local authorities to develop good practice to identify, refer and support victims of human trafficking and exploitation, and disrupt and deter criminal activities. Topics covered include spotting the signs of trafficking and exploitation, strategic...
CategoryGuidance, Care Inspectorate Publication
A guide for care services undertaking self-evaluation
An updated quality framework for community planning partnerships to support self-evaluation of services for children and young people in need of care and protection.
A document which aims to raise awareness of community empowerment and promote such a shared understanding across scrutiny bodies to support high-quality scrutiny of community empowerment.
CategoryNational strategies and frameworks
Recommendations to Scottish Government and COSLA from the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Task Force, chaired by Dr Dame Denise Coia