The Care Inspectorate is committed to developing world-class approaches to scrutiny and improvement in the sectors in which we work: health and social care, including services that are integrated, social work, early learning and childcare, children’s services, and community justice.

Across many areas of public policy, scrutiny, improvement support and regulation are evolving rapidly and we actively work with partner bodies across Scotland, the UK, Europe and beyond to share approaches to effective practice.

Papers in Scrutiny and Improvement Practice is an occasional series where the Care Inspectorate publishes discussion and practice papers which will be of interest to fellow scrutiny and improvement bodies, and fellow regulators.

Seeing the wood for the trees: Authored by Henry Mathias, this academic paper charts how the regulation of early learning and childcare has evolved to improve children’s experience of outdoor play. The paper will contribute to the growing body of knowledge on the scrutiny of care and will be added to the course materials for the Professional Development Award. There is considerable interest in the role that we are playing in supporting the flourishing of outdoor play in Scotland. For example, the Lawson Foundation is funding us to give a keynote address at a conference in Canada and our presentation will be based on this paper. October 2018. 

Scotland’s Health and Social Care Standards: Authored by Henry Mathias this paper follows previous academic papers we have published, which contribute to the body of specialist knowledge regarding care scrutiny and will be included in reading materials for our Professional Development Award. July 2018.

Whose life is it anyway? Countering epistemic injustice in social service scrutiny: Rami Okasha discusses why involving people in inspection and improvement activity is important, and how it can help tackle a relatively-recent form of social injustice. July 2018.

From enforcer to enabler: how regulatory sandboxes and adaptive approaches support the move from compliance to collaboration in health and social care. Karen Reid discusses how new approaches to regulation can support innovation and improvement, including by using collaborative regulatory sandboxes in health and social care. February 2018.

If inspection is the enemy of improvement, someone’s not doing it right: towards an outcome-focused model of scrutiny and improvement in care. Rami Okasha describes a model of scrutiny and improvement support which is underpinned by Scotland’s new health and social care standards. April 2017.