Blog: We are committed to helping ensure the best outcomes for people in the LGBTI community who experience care

By Allan Barker, Inspector, on behalf of the LGBT Charter Champion Group

The Care Inspectorate’s LGBT Charter Champion Group was founded in 2015 and works with the LGBT Youth Scotland Charter to support us as an inclusive employer by developing policies and procedures and engaging with the LGBTI community across Scotland. In March 2018, we celebrated achieving the Foundation Award from LGBT Youth Scotland and we are extremely proud of this award, especially as the Care Inspectorate is the first regulator in the UK to achieve this. Our work is about upholding the rights of the LGBTI community across the age span and we signpost our staff to the work of other organisations and initiatives such as LGBT Age and LGBT Health.

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New care surveys for care homes for older people

We have developed new care surveys for care homes for older people that reflect the Health and Social Care Standards. They also complement the new quality framework for inspection that we introduced last summer.

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Out to play: practical guidance for creating outdoor play experiences in early learning and childcare

This resource supports the Scottish Government’s document A Blueprint for 2020: the expansion of early learning and childcare in Scotland and links to the Quality Action Plan.

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Early learning and childcare - shared inspection framework sector update

Update from the Care Inspectotate and Education Scotland - May 2019

The Scottish Government published Education Governance: Next Steps - Empowering Our Teachers, Parents and Communities to Deliver Excellence and Equity for Our Children on 14 June 2017. This outlined a range of reforms designed to help achieve a shared national vision for children and young people: excellence and equity. The report committed the Care Inspectorate and Education Scotland to further enhance their single shared inspection model for ELC and ensure that an institution will only be subject to a single inspection per cycle. Colleagues from both organisations have a strong track record of working effectively together to inspect services and support improvement for our youngest children which provided a strong foundation in taking this work forward.

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Blog: We are changing how we inspect care homes for adults

By Edith Macintosh, Interim Executive Director of Strategy and Improvement and Marie Paterson, Chief Inspector - Adult Services 

New ways of inspecting care homes for adults will start on 20 May 2019, reflecting Scotland’s Health and Social Care Standards which focus on people’s human rights, wellbeing and personal experiences of care. 

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