Our approach 

Scottish Ministers requested that the Care Inspectorate lead these joint inspections of adult support and protection in collaboration with Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland.

In line with the Scottish Government led improvement plan, further scrutiny and assurance of adult support and protection is being undertaken across Scotland. This builds on the first joint inspection of adult support and protection, involving six adult protection partnerships, undertaken in 2017/18 and published July 2018. The initial inspection identified some good progress by partnerships but also variations in how partnerships give effect to the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007. The report from this inspection can be found here. The Scottish Government requested further scrutiny across the remaining 26 partnership areas. 

A phased approach to scrutiny and assurance of adult support and protection has been developed. This is a programme of activity that is planned to be delivered over two phases. Phase 1 of the programme is an inspection programme, developed to provide baseline information across the 26 adult protection partnerships not previously inspected. This will be followed by second phase of scrutiny and/or improvement activity which will be informed by phase 1. The joint inspection approach based on the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) excellence model will be carried out under Section 115, Public Services Reform (Scotland), Act 2010.

The inspection team reviewed the programme to develop a modified methodology that allows remote undertaking of inspection activities on a multi-agency basis.

How we do it 

The key activities include case file audit and a staff survey. The case file audits review social work, police and health records. A bespoke adult support and protection staff survey is issued to staff from social work, social care, health and police in each partnership area. We also hold focus groups for front line workers and strategic leaders working within adult support and protection in the partnership to gather views on what impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the partnerships ability to support adults at risk of harm.  

Getting involved 

We plan to engage with individuals who have been supported through adult protection measures in phase 2 of the inspection programme. We are committed to meaningfully involving people with lived experience in our scrutiny, assurance and improvement activities.

More information 

You can find full information about the joint inspections of adult support and protection here.

This includes a suite of supporting documentation for the inspection programme.

Our ASP inspection reports can be found here.