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Services we regulate, check and inspect

We regulate and inspect care services in Scotland to make sure that they meet the right standards. We also jointly inspect with other regulators to check how well different organisations in local areas work to support adults and children.  You can find out more about each of the care services that we regulate here.

You can also read more about our joint inspections of services for children and young people and our joint inspections of services for adults within the professionals area of our website.


Childminders are professional childcare workers who work from their own homes to provide a childcare service for other people's children in a family setting. 

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Day care is care provided for infants and toddlers, pre-schoolers and school-aged children in a centre-based facility, such as a nursery, playgroup or afterschool club.  

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There are no legal differences between residential homes and nursing homes. They are all care homes and can be more flexible about the services they offer. They can meet all aspects of your accommodation, support and care including nursing and end-of-life care.

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Care at home makes sure that as many people as possible are supported in their own homes. The care at home service can touch on all aspects of your daily life in your own home.   

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These fall under the heading of day care and can be offered within a care home, centre or to those provided directly in the community and not based in a centre. Support services can help with people who need support with very complicated need to people who need time-limited support at various times.

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Housing support covers a range of activities that allow you to maintain your accommodation, meet your duties and responsibilities as a tenant and get involved in the local community. 

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Adoption agencies can offer services for children, young people and adults who were adopted as children, services for birth families and services for adoptive parents and prospective adoptive parents.

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Adult placement services recruit people living in the community and approve them as adult placement carers.  The vulnerable adult stays with another person or family who provides a unique setting for individual support and development. 

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Care homes for children and young people ensure that the needs of children are met when they cannot live with their own family. 

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A childcare agency may provide all kinds of childcare, including, nannies, babysitters, staff for nurseries or mobile crèches’.  You should receive proper information about the childcare agency that is up to date and reliable explaining the services they provide.

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Fostering agencies provide a wide range of services.  They may provide longer-term placements or short breaks.  

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A nurse agency is a business that usually provides registered nurses, home carers and care assistants to people who need the services of healthcare professionals. 

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This service offers people under a statutory order or licence, who are assessed as unable, at this time, to live independently in the community accommodation.

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School care accommodation covers a wide range of schools with residential accommodation, from boarding schools to residential schools that meet individual care and education needs.  Whichever service you use, staff should respond to a child’s individual needs and allow them the freedom to make choices.

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Scotland has five dedicated secure care units that provide a safe and secure environment to young people at risk of harming themselves or others.  Services offer a controlled, safe and secure environment for the care and education of young people referred from the Courts and Children's Hearing Panels. 

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