Safety Action Notice


IRIC (Incident Reporting & Investigation Centre) wish to make social care providers and managers aware that several security vulnerabilities have been identified which affects a wide range of IT systems making them vulnerable to attack.

Medical devices connected to networks and their supporting systems are also vulnerable which means their safety and performance may be adversely affected.


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Joint inspection of services for children and young people at risk of harm in Dundee City


Inspectors have identified key strengths and areas for improvement in the way children and young people at risk of harm are supported and cared for in Dundee.

The joint inspection of the Dundee City community planning partnership area took place between 12 July 2021 and 15 November 2021.


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Chief Executive to retire


Peter Macleod is retiring from his role as Chief Executive of the Care Inspectorate on 10 February 2022 following a period of ill health. Peter has been Chief Executive since January 2019, having worked for almost 35 years in public service. Edith Macintosh, Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Strategy and Improvement, will become interim Chief Executive until future arrangements are put in place.

Edith Macintosh has worked with the Care Inspectorate since 2009 and has been deputy Chief Executive since 2020. She brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge from working across the health and social care sector for many years.


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Adult to child ratios and new notification during Omicron


Like all services, early learning and childcare settings are operating under unprecedented circumstances due to the pandemic. The Omicron variant will be extremely challenging, particularly in terms of staffing.

To support continued delivery of safe, high-quality childcare for children and families as we move through this stage of the pandemic, we have temporarily adjusted our policy position on adult to child ratios and introduced a new notification.

High-quality experiences for children should be paramount. Adjusting adult to child ratios must only be used when all other options for additional staffing have been exhausted and a risk assessment has been undertaken. Our guidance gives information on the approach to risk assessment and the required notification.


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Annual returns go live soon


Each year, we ask services to complete an annual return. This year's annual returns will be available from Monday 10 January until Sunday 20 March 2022.

Please note this now includes an additional four weeks from the original deadline due to the ongoing pressures services are experiencing.


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