Clarification about Annual Return questions regarding the Knowledge and Skills framework for Health and Care Staff (KSF)


Questions are included in the annual return about the Knowledge and Skills framework for Health and Care Staff, however, this resource has been delayed and is not yet complete.

The annual return questions are included to collect baseline information about the usefulness of the learning resource to the social care sector. The Care Inspectorate has no expectation that staff or services have completed the learning resource, at this time. The KSF is not mandatory.

For support and resources specific to the ELC sector, please visit the ELC section of the safe staffing page on our Hub

For support and resource specific to the adult sector, please visit the adult section of the safe staffing page on our Hub.


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Care Inspectorate statement on Hillside School, Fife


A spokesperson for the Care Inspectorate said: “An inspection has identified serious and significant concerns about the quality of care experienced by young people at Hillside School in Fife. 

“We understand this is a difficult and distressing time for young people, their families and staff at the service. 

“However, our first priority is always the health and wellbeing of young people. 


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


The Care Inspectorate and its scrutiny partners, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland and Education Scotland, have evaluated the impact of services for children and young people at risk of harm in Moray as adequate, meaning strengths just outweighed weaknesses.

Inspectors found strengths that were having a positive impact. Nonetheless, the likelihood of achieving positive experiences and outcomes was reduced significantly because of key areas of performance that needed to improve.


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Statistical Summary Report for Quarter 3 of 2023/24


The Care Inspectorate Statistical Summary Report for Quarter 3 of 2023/24 has now been released.  This presents data on the number of registered care services, new registrations and cancellations, complaints about care services and quality theme grades all by care service type and or service sector.  This is updated on a quarterly basis.

All content is available under the Open Government License, unless otherwise stated. More information on this license is available here.


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Annual returns go live today


The annual return is now available for services to complete between Monday 8 January 2024 and Sunday 17 March 2024.

All service types must complete their annual returns electronically, using the Care Inspectorate’s eForms system.


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