What to expect
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, 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
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication, Guidance
Guidance for applicants or existing providers of care home services for children and young people setting out expectations on a number of key elements of care home building design and room size. The guidance is an update on the 2018 guidance to take account of the new Health and ...
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
CategoryNational strategies and frameworks
A national plan for implementing the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 between 2021 and 2023
Seven standards for services to support children and young people who have neurodevelopmental profiles with support needs and require more support than currently available
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
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.
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 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