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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.
Services offering daycare of school-aged children, such as breakfast clubs, after school services, holiday clubs and play services.
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AuthorsChildren in Scotland
The Food Conference 2019 will take place in Edinburgh on the 20 March
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication, National strategies and frameworks
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)
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication, Guidance
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
AuthorsScottish Social Services Council
Guidance for social service workers, social work students and employers on raising concerns in the workplace, explaining the difference between raising a concern and whistleblowing, as well as when a concern qualifies for legal protection under whistleblowing law. The section fo...
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
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
A leaflet explaining to people what type of behaviour and values they can expect from their care worker and what to do if they have a concern
AuthorsHealth Protection Scotland and NHS National Services Scotland
Guidance on infection prevention and control for staff working within nurseries, day-care centres, playgroups, crèches, children’s centres, childminders, after-school clubs and holiday clubs. It should also be used by these staff involved in all outdoor activities for children
A resource pack aimed at parents and carers of children aged 8-12 years old. The pack includes tips and hints on getting children out to play every day, up-to-date information on play and useful references
AuthorsGetting to Know Getting It Right For Every Child Team and National Third Sector Getting It Right For Every Child Project
Resource designed to encourage young people to think about their own wellbeing, to share any concerns they have and to explore ways to improve their wellbeing with appropriate support
AuthorsNational Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Guidance covering services for children, young people and adults with a learning disability (or autism and a learning disability) and behaviour that challenges
Guidance giving an overview and examples of what care related policies should contain and best practice protocols which should be in place. It can be applied in any care setting and will help the service provider to develop appropriate policies and procedures
AuthorsWhole System Approach Implementation Group and Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice
A practice note highlighting the key messages supporting early and effective intervention, developed in response to concerns regarding the impact of the Supreme Court judgement in relation to the Named Person policy
A resource providing good practice examples of the expressive arts with early learning and childcare and other children's services. It is aimed at promoting good practice in all types of ELC settings, to help all services aspire to be the best they can be and have the greatest im...
Guidance providing advice for staff to ensure their social media activity meets the Scottish Social Service’s Council (SSSC) Code of Practice. The updated guidance includes common questions and examples of fitness to practise cases involving social media which the SSSC has invest...
AuthorsNational Institute of Health and Care Excellence
Guidance covering diagnosis and management of constipation in children and young people up to 18. It provides strategies to support the early identification and timely, effective treatment of constipation which will help improve outcomes for patients
CategoryNational strategies and frameworks
Improvement framework and plan for education, underpinning the Scottish Government’s education reform and improvement agenda for the year ahead and setting out the vision, priorities and drivers of improvement
AuthorsCare Inspectorate, Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust
Guidance designed to maximise positive experiences for children and improve the quality of care and learning by helping to make early learning and childcare (ELC) and out of school care (OSC) services the best they can be in terms of design. The guidance will act as a tool for pr...