What to expect
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.
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, Guidance
A quality framework for daycare of children, childminding and school aged childcare, designed primarily to support services to evaluate their own performance, but will also be used by our inspectors to provide independent assurance about the quality of experiences and outcomes
Community engagement and participation guidance for NHS Boards, Integration Joint Boards and Local Authorities that are planning and commissioning care services in Scotland
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 and Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Guidance setting out the process NHS boards and local authorities should follow when responding to, and reviewing, the death of a child or young person.
CategoryNational strategies and frameworks
An action plan setting out the Scottish Government’s vision for childminding and the actions to support it that are
being taken now and into the future
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
A collection of case studies to demonstrate examples of good practice within health and social care
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
A quality framework for community planning partnerships to support self-evaluation of services for children and young people in need of care and protection
Recommendations to Scottish Government and COSLA from the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Task Force, chaired by Dr Dame Denise Coia
An action plan aimed at achieving the vision that people presenting for the first time with psychosis will have timely access to effective care and treatment, with early intervention and a focus on recovery
AuthorsScottish Commission for Learning Disability
Guidance, suggestions and questions for developing a local learning disability strategy. This is a resource to support Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs), local authorities and health boards when planning their local strategies.
Refreshed guidance for education authorities on the promotion and management of school attendance
A report on the findings following analysis of significant case reviews carried out between March 2015 and April 2018