We have published a new quality framework to drive forward improvements in young people’s outcomes in secure accommodation services.

We have been developing a revised methodology for inspecting care and support services and this is now being rolled out for secure accommodation services.  The changes build on approaches we have introduced in the past three years:  an emphasis on experiences and outcomes; proportionate approaches in services that perform well; shorter inspection reports; and a focus on supporting improvement in quality.

The revised methodology and quality framework reflect the rights-based, person-led and outcome-focused approach of both  Scotland’s Health and Social Care Standards and the new Secure Care Pathway and Standards.

The framework supports secure accommodation services to evaluate their own performance and will be used by our inspectors to provide independent assurance about the quality of care and support. Using the framework in this way will help us develop a shared, transparent  understanding of what constitutes good care and support and how services can improve outcomes for young people.

It will help us answer key questions about the difference that care is making to children and  young  people and the quality and effectiveness of the elements that contribute to those differences.

You can download the framework here.