We carry out joint inspections with a number of partners. These inspections focus on, for example, services for children and young people, criminal justice social work services and health and social care services for adults and older people. We will inspect delivery across local areas, or we may look at how services are being delivered nationally. This means a number of scrutiny bodies will have a duty to scrutinise elements of the service. It makes sense to inspect these services in a joined-up way.

Associate assessors for strategic inspections

We are currently seeking expressions of interest for associate assessors to join our strategic inspection teams for our planned scrutiny activity during 2020/21. This will include:

  • joint inspections of adult support and protection
  • inspections of justice social work services

Associate assessors are professionals working at a strategic level from across statutory and third sector services with significant practice or management experience in services for children, adults or justice. They work as part of the inspection team for the duration of the one inspection. The benefits of this approach are two-fold: associate assessors bring specialist skills, knowledge and recent strategic and operational experience into the inspection and in return, are encouraged to share their learning and to build capacity for self- evaluation and improvement within their own local partnership or service area.

We believe that the inclusion of associate assessors brings current practice perspectives to our strategic inspections. They can help ensure we are partnership-orientated and contribute to our understanding of the contemporary picture of service planning and delivery. At the same time, this involvement provides an ideal opportunity to help build capacity for joint self-evaluation and improvement in local partnerships.

Scottish Ministers have requested that the Care Inspectorate, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland carry out a joint inspection of adult support and protection in 26 local partnership areas in Scotland. The Care Inspectorate will lead this programme.

Associate assessors are deployed, by agreement with their employer, for a period of between 4 and 12 days during a strategic inspection. See our frequently asked questions and code of practice for more information.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming an associate assessor, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange an informal discussion with a member of the relevant strategic inspection team. Nomination forms will be provided at this time.

The closing date for completed nominations for the 2020/21 strategic inspections is Friday 10 April 2020.


Find out more about our joint inspections below.