Location: Mainland Scotland, particularly Central East

Salary: £42,528 - £47,034 plus excellent benefits

Hours: 140 hours to be worked over a 4-week period

Contract: Permanent, two-year secondment or locum


Join us and make a difference – for you, for everyone

It’s our job to ensure care for everyone, everywhere in Scotland receives the best standard of care. If you are as passionate about high-quality care as we are, and you’re experienced in your field, we’d love to hear from you.

About the role

We are looking to fill current vacancies in the Children and Young People (CYP) inspector teams.

Joining us will allow you to play an important and exciting role in helping deliver on Scotland’s Promise to Children and Young People. You’ll have experience as a registered care service manager, deputy manager, social worker, senior social worker or social work manager.  You’ll have experience of leadership in your role of supporting looked after children and young people, either in a formal management, senior practitioner position or as a specific project/ strategy lead. You should have experience in assessment and critical analysis and be able to communicate well with a wide range of people,  verbally and in writing  You will have a strong value base that is rooted in listening to children and young people. 

About you

You will share our determination that children, young people  and their families should get the help they need, when they need it, for as long as they need it. You'll be confident about what good quality care looks like and understand what needs to be in place to deliver it.

You’ll be resilient and adaptable, have the ability to work on your own initiative or as part of a team, manage competing priorities, build effective networks with partners and have strong verbal communication skills.  You will be good at analysing information and evidence to reach balanced judgements and you’ll have excellent writing skills to produce reports that are clear, concise and focused on outcomes. 

You will listen carefully to children, young people and their families to understand what is important to them, how they are experiencing care and support and the difference services are making to their lives. You’ll work with  care service providers, managers and staff and be confident in supporting and advising on improvement. You’re likely to have experience of delivering improvement in a service, experience of partnership working, experience of applying good practice guidance and the ability to respond to and manage change. You will have a sound and insightful understanding of the messages from care experienced children and young people about what is important to them.

About us

As a national scrutiny body that supports improvement, we inspect care services and partnerships across Scotland, report on the quality of care people experience, and support improvements in services to facilitate improvements in outcomes for people.

We inspect registered care services and work with other scrutiny bodies. We work alongside our strategic team  that  inspects the social care and social work services , for children and young people and their families,  in local areas. We want children and young people to feel loved and secure in whatever setting they are in and to have meaningful connections.

We champion high quality care whenever we encounter it across the scrutiny activities we carry out each year, and we work closely with all care providers to support them to improve all the time. We collaborate with other organisations too, supporting improvement across public services. Our work plays a big role in reducing health and social inequalities between people and communities. We know that there is still much to do for children and young people in Scotland and we are committed to keep The Promise.

We are a proud Corporate Parent with an ambitious plan to take forward our work. We try hard to actively listen to the views of children and young people to support improvement. We have a group of Young inspection Volunteers, young people with lived experience of care, who support us with this and enhance and influence our work. Inspectors work alongside our Young Inspection Volunteers in lots of ways.  There are exciting and innovative plans to develop this partnership approach further.

We are looking for talented people to join us in making a difference - who understand how to put the needs and rights of children and young people in Scotland  at the heart of delivering social services – and how to lead improvement too.   

Why join us?

This is an exciting time to join the Care Inspectorate, with an opportunity to be at the heart of change as we play our part in delivering on the Promise to Scotland’s children and young people.

We strive to be a great employer, knowing that competitive salary, leave and pension schemes are only part of that. We pride ourselves on the values we hold, person-centred; fairness; respect; efficiency and integrity - all supported with a culture of care and kindness. We’re proud to be a progressive, supportive employer, and equality, diversity and inclusion are important to us. 

All new entrants will start on the grade minimum for the role however we have a generous benefits package which is highlighted below.

Flexibility and agility are important to us.  That’s why we have a number of policies in place that support flexible working and time off when you need it, such as flexi-time, flexible hours, carers leave and special leave. The inspector role is flexible with 140 hours over a four week period.

Our annual leave allowances are generous, starting at 32 days (in less than 1 years’ service by 1 April) and climbing to 42 days after 5 years of service.

All our employees are eligible to join the Local Government Pension Scheme, which is a defined benefit career average scheme.  Employee contributions range between 5.5% and 10% depending on earnings and are matched by employer contributions of 17%.

To apply

We require you to hold a relevant qualification (minimum SCQF Level 9) and be registered or eligible to register with a professional body, for example, the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or General Teaching Council (GTC), etc.  You must also be prepared to undertake a Professional Development Award in Scrutiny and Improvement (Social Services) at SCQF level 10 with appropriate support from the organisation or be in possession of an equivalent award. 

  • Before submitting your application, please directly contact the relevant registration body to resolve any queries regarding your registration or identify eligible qualifications to register (SSSC, NMC, GTC, etc). The current qualifications SSSC accept are available here.
  • For an informal chat about the role, please contact the HR team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a member of the scrutiny and assurance team will be in contact with you.
  • If you’re interested, please click on the gateway questions link to apply.  Where you meet the minimum criteria, an application will follow.
  • Your completed application form and equal opportunities form should be returned to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 8am on Monday 31 May 2021.

Note for external applicants: The outcome from shortlisting will be communicated in week commencing Monday 21 June 2021.

Note for shortlisted applicants: We will be using a 2 stage process to recruit during this campaign.  Stage 1 comprises the completion of a written exercise and is scheduled for a 2 week period week commencing Monday 28 June 2021.  Successful applicants will take part in stage 2 which consists of a verbal exercise and interview which will take place over a 2 week period week commencing Monday 19 July 2021.  Both stages will be conducted virtually.

Note for successful candidates: Decisions to appoint will be made by Friday 30 July 2021 and it is anticipated that start dates will be September/October 2021. 

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