Joint inspection of services for children and young people

Scottish Ministers asked the Care Inspectorate to develop a new model for the scrutiny of and improvement of services for children and young people designed around:-

Our approach 

We developed a model for inspecting services for children and young people which aims to:

  • improve outcomes for all children and young people

  • provide independent assurance about the effectiveness of services for children and particularly the most vulnerable children and young people

  • build capacity for improvement

Our self-evaluation guide includes a draft set of quality indicators for services for children. Our guide How well are we improving the lives of children and young people? aims to help community planning partners to assess themselves how well they are doing.  The same set of quality indicators will also be used by inspectors during inspections.

This approach focuses on how well all of the services in a local authority area are working together to make a positive difference to the lives of children, young people and their families. It holds community planning partnerships responsible for providing effective services for children and young people and focuses on how well services are working together to improve outcomes for children and young people. 

We publish all our joint inspection reports on our website and you can download them from our publications area.

The Care Inspectorate has published a handbook for joint inspections of children's services. It is intended to give details of the process for joint inspection of services for children in community planning partnership (CPP) areas. It is aimed at community planning partners and their staff as participants to the inspection process and members of inspection teams undertaking the inspections and is complementary to How well are we improving the lives of children and young people? - the framework of quality indicators for self-evaluation of services for children and young people used for joint inspections. It will therefore be of most interest and value to those areas that have not yet been inspected. While the detailed approach to each individual inspection may vary from area to area through negotiation between the inspection lead and the CPP, the handbook is intended to be a helpful summary of the core and common elements of the process and includes our guidance and template for file reading.

Inspection Handbook - Joint inspection of services for children and young people