Serious Incident Reviews

In 2010, the Scottish Government, the Association of Directors of Social Work (now Social Work Scotland), and the then social work scrutiny body, the Social Work Inspection Agency, agreed that it would be more appropriate if the task of assessing the quality of social work practice when offenders became involved in serious incidents was carried out by the scrutiny body rather than Scottish Government officials.

When a serious incident occurs the local authority should notify the Care Inspectorate within five working days. The Care Inspectorate provides a quality assurance role in Serious Incident Reviews, by looking at how reviews have been conducted and whether these have been carried out in a robust and meaningful way. The Serious Incident Review guidance with appendixes to submit a notification and review can be found here. 

Please submit the relevant forms/reports through secure email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The main contact for this work is:

Jane Kelly, Strategic Inspector

Mobile: 0746 8702 550