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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.
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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...
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
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
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
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication
Frequently asked questions related to the guidance on the indoor/outdoor settings published alongside Space to Grow.
CategoryGuidance, Care Inspectorate Publication
A guide for care services undertaking self-evaluation
AuthorsCare Inspectorate and Scottish Government
A resource providing further explanation of indoor/outdoor settings with a focus on outdoor space. It should be used in conjunction with Space to Grow as a tool to support providers and stakeholders with early learning and child care expansion plans and for those looking to make...
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
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
A thematic review capturing the experiences of children attending out of school care services during 2016/17
The findings of a review of early learning and childcare (ELC) covering the period 2014
to 2017, set in the context of ELC expansion.
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
CategoryGuidance, Care Inspectorate Programmes & Publications
A guidance setting out the parameters of peripatetic management arrangements. Peripatetic management describes the situation where an individual is the named manager of more than one registered care service, either employed by the same or different providers
A resource highlighting examples of good practice in supporting children to eat well and enjoy good food every day. It compliments, and should be used alongside, NHS Health Scotland’s Setting the Table, the nutritional guidance and food standards for the early learning and childc...
A report setting out the findings of a five year programme of joint inspections of services for children and young people covering each local authority in Scotland