A new approach

New model for joint inspections of services for children and young people

Scottish Ministers have agreed to a proposal to revise the model of joint inspection of services for children and young people. The revised model of scrutiny will focus on the most vulnerable children and young people and will be in place for community planning partnerships from April 2018.

This new approach will look at the experiences of, and outcomes for, children in need of protection and those subject to corporate parenting, within the context of GIRFEC (Getting it Right for Every Child) and reflecting the new health and social care standards. This includes those who are looked after at home, in residential and secure care, in kinship care and using throughcare and aftercare services.

This model for joint inspections will be led by the Care Inspectorate in cooperation with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland, Education Scotland and Healthcare Improvement Scotland. The Care Inspectorate proposes to carry out a minimum of five joint inspections each year.

Chief Executive Karen Reid said: “The inspections will be designed around the experiences that individual children and young people have of the services that support them. This puts their perspective, and their journey, at the heart of quality assurance and will support continuous improvement in the way we plan and deliver care and protection for them. It strongly reflects the views and advice of care experienced young people, who we have consulted in developing the model.

“We will use our existing methodology of selecting a sample of children to follow their journey through services with a view to identifying key points for intervention. This case tracking will be used to ensure that inspections can provide assurance on a core aim of GIRFEC: the extent to which children, young people and their families are benefiting from getting the right help at the right time from the right people.

“Inspections will maintain a focus on prevention and early intervention, accurate assessment of risk and need, and effective planning. We will tie in with other work carried out by partners, including scrutiny of registered care services provided or commissioned by the partnership.”

The Care Inspectorate will report to the public on findings in each community planning partnership area, with more detailed reporting to each partnership with the aim of supporting improvement.

In addition, each year the organisation will identify a maximum of two thematic areas for particular focus and provide a national report at the end of that year. This will help share learning more widely and will support focused self-evaluation by partnerships across the country.

The Care Inspectorate is committed to continue working with a wide range of stakeholders to develop the model further, ahead of 2018/19.