Corporate parenting

Corporate Parents are public bodies with legal duties and responsibilities towards care experienced children and young people. Part 9 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act, 2014 relates to Corporate Parenting. This applies to every child who is looked after by a local authority, and every young person under the age of 26, who was looked after on their 16th birthday.

Our organisation is one of a list of twenty four corporate parents mentioned in the Act. 

​​​​​​​A person is care experienced if they have ever been looked after by a local authority; whether that be in foster care, kinship care, residential care, secure care, or if they have been subject to compulsory measures of supervision at home.  Children and young people who are care experienced have among the poorest outcomes of all children and young people in Scotland. It is our job as corporate parents to try and improve this. 

In 2020, we took the decision to refer to care experienced young people as “our children and young people”. This reflects our values, responsibilities and commitments as corporate parents.

As a corporate parent, we expect to carry out many of the roles any parent should. We have a duty to work with other corporate parents, to best meet our shared responsibilities, promote the wellbeing of our children and young people and keep them safe from harm.

Our Corporate Parenting Report (2017-2020)

Our corporate parenting group has made some significant achievements during the three-year cycle of our plan, which are discussed in our corporate parenting report (2017-2020). We also have a version of our corporate parenting report for children and young people.

Some of our key achievements and improvement include:

  • The development of a complaints text service for children and young people and improved materials to inform children and young people on how they can make a complaint.
  • Personal care planning guidance: our children and young people have personal plans. These give guidance to care services on how to meet their needs, wishes and choices. We met 120 of our children and young people to help them develop these to a high standard.
  • Our young inspection volunteers support a range of our inspection activities. This short video provides a little insight into how they help us  engage with children and young people meaningfully. 
  • We have worked with Who Cares? Scotland and our young inspection volunteers to develop and deliver training for all board members, executive group members and senior managers.

Our Corporate Parenting Plan (2021-2023)

Our Corporate Parenting Plan (2021-2023) has six high level commitments with four areas of focus and a set of detailed actions. We have also developed a version of our Corporate Parenting Plan for Children and Young People.

We pledge to listen to our children and young people, take action and do our best to improve their life chances. These are our six commitments. The action plan in our Corporate Parenting Plan (2021-2023) shows in detail how we will meet them:

  • We will strive to meet the needs of our young people and promote their rights.
  • We will listen to our young people and we will learn how their experiences of the ‘care system’ can best shape our approach to scrutiny, engagement and improvement to help improve the lives of others.
  • We will continue to inspect different services and partnerships and report on how well they work together. We will help services share what works well and learn from what needs to improve, to help make sure that our young people get the right support at the right time.
  • When one of our young people makes a complaint about the care they receive, we will take that complaint seriously and we will respond in a timely, thorough and proportionate way. We will always provide feedback to the person who made the complaint in a way that they will understand.
  • We will improve opportunities for our young people to develop skills, experience, and confidence to achieve their personal, employment and career ambitions.
  • We will work with other corporate parents to make sure that together we can do our best for our young people.

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Strategic Data Officer

Salary: £24,519 - £26,349

Location: Flexible – based in any local Care Inspectorate office

Contract: Temporary for 6 months until October 2021

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to develop their current IT skills and learn new analytical skills using a range of different programs. You will support the Intelligence team in delivering key analytical support our strategic inspection programmes, working closely with a multi-disciplinary team of Care Inspectorate colleagues and those from external agencies.

You will support the Intelligence team in providing an analytical function throughout the inspection process through the improvement and maintenance of data collection tools and by identifying and summarising key inspection findings and preparing accurate statistical reports for a range of internal and external audiences.

About you

The Intelligence Team will offer training and support for the specialist software and skills required for this role. However, you will need to be confident working with raw data and comfortable working with Microsoft Excel. The successful candidate will pay close attention to detail in order to clean and validate data and identify opportunities to improve data quality. Your sound knowledge of operational ICT systems will be invaluable and give you a solid foundation from which to coordinate data quality improvement initiatives.

As well as having good literacy skills, you will have an aptitude for working with facts and figures to a high degree of accuracy. Excellent IT skills are a pre-requisite, enabling you to present complex information in a meaningful way.

You will be expected to work with colleagues across the Care Inspectorate and other external organisations, and so must have excellent interpersonal skills and be prepared to develop a sound understanding of the inspection data to respond effectively to the requirements of the role.

Next steps

You’ll find more information in the job profileperson specification and job advert.

For an informal discussion about the above post, please contact Francesca Colaco by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on telephone no. 07810637011.

If you believe that your expertise and motivation make you suitable for this post, please complete an application form (and equal opportunities form where you are an external applicant) and send it to the recruitment mailbox This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 8am on Monday 10 May 2021.

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Personal Assistant to the Interim Executive Director of Transformation, ICT & Digital

Location: Dundee

Salary: £22,425 - £23,964

Contract: Temporary until 31 March 2022 – potential for extension

About the role

The Care Inspectorate is a scrutiny body that supports improvement in care. Our vision is that people across Scotland receive high quality care that meets their needs, rights and choices. We are a national organisation, employing in excess of 600 staff working across our network of offices and from home.

Reporting to the Executive Support Officer, you will be responsible for providing an efficient and effective confidential tailored support service to the interim Director of Transformation, ICT and Digital.

This role will include organising and preparing documents, preparation of meeting papers and taking minutes for specific directorate meetings together with composing routine correspondence, diary management and arranging travel and accommodation. In addition, you will be required to develop and administer a system for dealing with enquiries, recording, acknowledging receipt of and re-directing letters and monitoring progress of responses with limited direction.

You will be an excellent organiser and communicator with proactive and friendly inter-personal skills together with a multi-tasking ability and flexible approach, working well under pressure to meet tight deadlines.

You will have excellent word processing and IT skills with experience of Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and experience of diary management and minute taking.

You can find out more about the role in the person specificationjob profile and job advert.

Next steps 

If you believe that your expertise and motivation make you suitable for this post, please complete an application and return by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 8am on Wednesday 14 April 2021. Interviews will be held by Teams video call on Wednesday 21 April 2021.

If you require any further information, or for an informal chat, please contact Claire Corbett (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Please note that initially you will be required to work from home due to the current covid situation.

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Service Manager (Adults Services)

Salary: £62,613

Contract: Permanent

Location: Head Quarters in Dundee or any of our offices within Scotland


About the role

The Care Inspectorate is currently looking for a Service Manager (Adults) to support the Chief Inspector to lead on Adult Services due to the retirement of the current post-holder. The successful candidate will ensure excellence in scrutiny, assurance and improvement work in collaboration with scrutiny partners, providers, Community planning partners, and integration authorities.

You’ll support the Chief Inspector by having delegated responsibility for the leadership, development and delivery of the scrutiny and assurance plan for Adults services and the Complaints function. You will make sure that the needs of people who use services and their carers are at the heart of what we do.

You’ll support the Scrutiny and Assurance Directorate to ensure that the Care Inspectorate meets its responsibilities, in relation to adult services, as defined by the Public Services Reform Act 2010 and other relevant legislation.

You’ll work colleagues to support significant cultural change, consolidate excellence in the Care Inspectorate’s activities and continue to invest in our competent, confident workforce in a way that puts collaboration at the core of our work.

You’ll be adept at challenging traditional thinking in a positive and constructive way, you will be an articulate and positive communicator, both verbally and in written form, with the ability to engage, influence and lead the development of a wide range of key stakeholder relationships, both internally and externally.

You’ll also be politically astute and demonstrate a broad knowledge of trends and relevant issues within social work and social care services.

The Care Inspectorate has its headquarters in Dundee, but with offices throughout Scotland, your work base is negotiable.

About you

To apply you must be educated to degree level or equivalent and hold an appropriate post-graduate professional qualification in social work or other relevant professional qualification.

We are looking for someone who has a proven track record of effective management and leadership of staff in the area of adult health and social work/social care. You should also have demonstrable experience in developing and/or applying quality assurance/improvement frameworks to support self-evaluation and continuous improvement.

You should also have evidence of experience in strategic planning and delivery of services and supporting and embedding sustainable business and transformational change. As well as extensive experience of collaborative and values-based leadership including working with partners. 

To apply

You’ll find more information in the job profile, person specification and job advert.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact our recruitment mailbox at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and our Chief Inspector Adult Services, Marie Paterson, will be in contact with you. 

If you believe you are a suitable candidate for this post, please submit your application form (and equal opportunities form where you are an external applicant) outlining how your skills, experience and qualifications match with the competencies required for the role to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than 8.00am on Monday, 3 May 2021.

The Care Inspectorate offers a guaranteed interview to any applicant who considers themselves to be disabled and who meets the minimum essential requirements for the post.

It is anticipated that the selection and interview day for the post will take place no earlier than Tuesday, 18 May 2021.

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Awards and charters

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