In line with the Scottish Government led improvement plan, further scrutiny and assurance of adult support and protection is being undertaken across Scotland. This builds on the first joint inspection of adult support and protection, involving six adult protection partnerships, undertaken in 2017/18 and published July 2018. The initial inspection identified some good progress by partnerships and but also variations in how partnerships give effect to the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007. The report from this inspection can be found here. The Scottish Government has requested further scrutiny across the remaining 26 partnership areas.

Scrutiny approach

A phased approach to scrutiny and assurance of adult support and protection has been developed. This is a five-year programme of activity currently planned over two phases, to be completed by 2024. Phase 1 of the programme is a two-year inspection programme, developed to provide baseline information across the 26 adult protection partnerships not previously inspected. This will be followed by second phase of scrutiny and/or improvement activity which will be informed by phase 1. The joint inspection approach based on the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) excellence model will be carried out under Section 115, Public Services Reform (Scotland), Act 2010. Scrutiny of the 26 partnership areas will be completed over a 24-month period. Each inspection footprint will last 18 weeks. Two multi-agency inspection teams will work concurrently to achieve this.

Scrutiny partners

The inspection programme will be led by Care Inspectorate in collaboration with Her Majesties’ Inspectorate of Constabulary Scotland (HMICS) and Healthcare improvement Scotland (HIS).  Each scrutiny agency has identified dedicated staff with appropriate levels of experience and expertise in adult support and protection.  This scrutiny and assurance will be undertaken in the context of health and social care integration.

Phase 1 inspection focus and activity

These inspections will focus on key processes and leadership (see our quality indicator framework). The key activities will include case file audit and a staff survey. The case file audits will review social work, police and health records. A bespoke adult support and protection staff survey will be issued to staff from social work, social care, health and police in each partnership area.

Purpose of activity

The purpose of this joint inspection is to seek assurance that adults at risk of harm in Scotland are supported and protected by existing national and local adult support and protection arrangements. The inspection programme is one element of an overall Scottish Government improvement plan.

Programme Update – March 2021

The Scottish Government is of the view that the time is right for inspections to resume to provide assurance on the ongoing protection for adults at risk of harm, while managing the risk to individuals and the wider COVID response. This will be in a phased approach, using the adapted methodology developed during 2020.

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