Edinburgh City Council Scrutiny Report

We have now uploaded the local authority scrutiny report for Edinburgh City Council. Click here to read the report.


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Care Home Supervisors - SSSC Registration

This is to remind you that as of 30 March 2012, all people working as supervisors in care home services for adults must be registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).


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Joint inspection of services to protect children and young people in Shetland Islands council area

We have published our joint inspection report on the protection of children and young people in the Shetland Islands council area.


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Care Home Supervisors SSSC Registration

This is to remind you that as of 30 March 2012, all people working as supervisors in care home services for adults must be registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

The definition of supervisors is:

Workers in a care home service for adults who have responsibility for supervising workers and for overseeing and monitoring the implementation of care.

If you have already ensured that the people who work in your service are registered with SSSC or with another body such as the General Teaching Council or the Nursing and Midwifery Council, then you need not take any further action.

The Care Inspectorate has the responsibility to enforce required registration on behalf of Government.  It is an offence for providers to employ someone not registered who should be. After March we shall be contacting services who appear not to have registered workers and will take enforcement action against providers where this is necessary.  We may also report providers to the Procurator Fiscal.

More information can be found on the SSSC’s website:

  • Guidance for social care workers applying can be found here
  • Guidance for verifying and endorsing applications can be found here
  • The application form for downloading can be found here

Please contact the SSSC (0345 60 30 891) to discuss any issue about how to apply for registration or refer to their website.


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Joint inspection of services to protect children and young people in Shetland Islands council area

We have published our joint inspection report on the protection of children and young people in the Shetland Islands council area.

The inspection included services provided by health agencies, the police, the local authority and Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration, as well as those provided by voluntary and independent organisations.  Joint inspection reports give an evaluation of the effectiveness of services using a published quality indicator framework focusing on 6 key areas:

  1. how well children and young people are listened to, understood and respected;
  2. how children and young people benefit from strategies to minimize harm;
  3. how children and young people are helped by the actions taken in immediate response to concerns;
  4. how well children’s and young people’s needs are met;
  5. service improvements through self-evaluation; and
  6. improvements in performance.

Services in the Shetland Islands council area were given 2 evaluations of very good, 2 evaluations of good, 1 evaluation of satisfactory and 1 evaluation of weak.

Inspectors found the following key strengths in how well children were protected and their needs met in the Shetland Islands council area.

  • Very prompt and effective action by staff to help keep children safe.
  • Effective communication with children and families helping to build trusting relationships.

Inspectors agreed with services in the council area the following points for improvement.

  • Improve the consistency of planning to meet individual children’s needs fully.
  • Further develop joint approaches and understanding of self evaluation to improve outcomes for vulnerable children.
  • Strengthen leadership, support and challenge given to the CPC by Chief Officers.

We are confident that the services will be able to make the necessary improvements in light of the inspection findings.  As a result, we will make no more visits in connection with this inspection.  Our link inspector will maintain contact with services to support and monitor improvements.


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