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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.
Scotland has five dedicated secure care units that provide a safe and secure environment to young people at risk of harming themselves or others. Services offer a controlled, safe and secure environment for the care and education of young people referred from the Courts and Children's Hearing Panels.
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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.
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...
AuthorsMedicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
Guidance promoting the safe use of bed rails
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...
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
CategoryGuidance, Care Inspectorate Publication
A guide for care services undertaking self-evaluation
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
CategoryGuidance, National strategies and frameworks
A resource produced by the Developing Capacity and Improvement Implementation Group, and developed as part of the Scottish Government’s Youth Justice strategy
National guidance to help professionals give advice and support to young people on healthy relationships and consent
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
CategoryNational strategies and frameworks
The final report of the Secure Care Strategic Board, established in 2017 to create a vision, develop national standards and consider the future commissioning for secure care in Scotland
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
The findings of a review of care services for children covering the period 2014 to 2017.
A guide to help people understand their rights in relation to the role of the named person, as set out in mental health law
AuthorsUniversity of Stirling (with partners)
A resource developed as part of the Food for Thought project to help residential staff, foster carers and managers look at ways in which food and the practices around it are being used in the care of children and young people