Joint inspection of services for children and young people

Which areas are we inspecting just now?

  • Argyll & Bute
  • Fife

What do we do?

We inspect services for children, young people and families that are delivered by community planning partnerships in each local authority area. This includes the work of health visitors, school nurses, teachers, doctors, social workers, police officers and lots of other people who work with children, young people and their families.

We look closely at the support that they provide to children and young people who are currently, or have previously been, ‘looked after’, including those:

  • living with parents
  • having short periods of respite care
  • in kinship care
  • in residential care (including schools and secure care)
  • in foster care.

Sometimes we refer to these children and young people as ‘care experienced’.

We also look at how those services work to protect children where concerns have been raised about their welfare or safety, including children who are currently, or have previously been, on the child protection register.

How do we do it?

Our inspections last for a number of months. We collect information about the area before we visit it. This helps us to understand what happens in each area and what is affecting the way that services are being provided.

During the inspection, a team of inspectors from the Care Inspectorate and other partner agencies visit the area over two separate weeks.

This gives us the chance to find out if children, young people and their families are getting the help they need and if services are making a difference to their lives. To do this we:

  • speak with the staff
  • speak with children and young people and listen to their views
  • speak with parents and carers
  • read information about the children and young people.

What individual people tell us during inspection is confidential. Our reports do not include any information about them or their family, or anything that could identify them. However, we do have a duty to pass on information if there are concerns about someone’s safety.

After our inspection, we publish a report on our website about what we found for the area. Our inspection reports set out what works well and what could improve. We expect the community planning partnership to take action on any recommendations we make for improvements.

How can you get involved?

What you think really matters. If we are inspecting your area, you may want to speak to us about services that you use and the help that you have been getting.

We will offer a range of ways for you to give us feedback. As well as a survey we will arrange one-to-one discussions and group meetings. Our one-to-one discussions can take place in person or we can contact you by phone or other ways such as Facetime or Skype.

If you give us information anonymously, we may not be able to get in contact with you if you raise concerns about your own safety or the safety of anyone else. If you have such concerns we would encourage you to contact your local authority and ask for their child protection or adult protection service. You can also contact Childline on 0800 1111. If we have any concerns about the safety of individuals we will share this with protection agencies.

Our inspection team also includes young people aged 18 – 26 with experience of care services to help us with our inspections. If you are a young person, you can choose to speak with them and you can have a person to support you when you meet them.

If you are a young person and want to know more about young inspection volunteers or how to get involved, click here to find out more.

Which areas are we currently inspecting?

Argyll & Bute

Read our information leaflet.

If you are a child or young person using services in Argyll and Bute – or parent or carer – we would like to hear from you. You can do this by completing a survey and returning it to us. To request one please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To make sure that we send you the right survey please let us know if you are a child aged 8 to 15, a young person aged 16 or over, or a parent or carer. The survey closes on 26 October 2018.

You can also get in touch with the joint inspection team directly. You can text us or leave a message on 07976 864505 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fife

Read our information leaflet.

If you are a child or young person using services in Fife – or parent or carer – we would like to hear from you. You can do this by completing a survey and returning it to us. To request one please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To make sure that we send you the right survey please let us know if you are a child aged 8 to 15, a young person aged 16 or over, or a parent or carer. The survey closes on 16 November 2018.

You can also get in touch with the joint inspection team directly. You can text us or leave a message on 07976 864505 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..