inspection

New scrutiny bodies 2011: a conference for service users and their carers and equality organisations on how services will be inspected from April 2011 26 June 2009, The Trades Hall, Glasgow: event summary and conclusions

The Scottish Government is establishing two new improvement and scrutiny bodies for healthcare and for social care and social work. These changes, which are part of a wider simplification of the public sector, should lead to improvements and better checking of health, social care and social work services in Scotland. This conference was organised to make sure that the views of people who use services and of equality groups could be heard. The conference had two main purposes: to tell people about the changes; and to hear the views of the people affected.

Independent inquiry into abuse at Kerelaw Residential School and Secure Unit

Report of the Inquiry into the cases of abuse which occurred at Kerelaw Residential School and Secure Unit over a number of years. The report details the Inquiry's findings and lists its recommendations for better residential child care practices and procedures.

Criminal justice social work performance inspection programme 2003-2007 : final report

Document reporting the principal findings of the programme of inspections of criminal justice social work services which took place between September 2003 and April 2007 and making recommendations for improvements.

Reviews in 2009/10: assessing and rating health and adult social care organisations

The Care Quality Commission regulates health, mental health and adults social care in England. This document describes the design of the periodic reviews and special reviews and studies the Commission plans to carry out in 2009/10. Section 1 outlines the key influences on the design and topics of the reviews. Section 2 summarises how the approach differs from previous regulators and describes how the performance of commissioners will be assessed through periodic reviews. Section 3 provides a timetable of key activities and milestones for 2009/11.

Annual performance assessment 2008: report on outcomes

This report summarises the outcomes from the 2008 annual performance assessment (APA) of local authorities' services for children and young people. A summary, key findings and recommendations are followed by evaluation of the outcome areas: being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution, achieving economic well-being, and capacity to improve, including the management of children's services section. Each section includes a summary, key strengths and features of higher performing councils, and areas for improvement and barriers to success.

Joint area reviews 2007-08: report on outcomes

This report is based on evidence from joint area reviews (JARs) conducted in 73 local authority areas April 2007-July 2008. Key findings, recommendations and methodology are followed by sections on safeguarding; looked after children; children and young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities; additional, education and other investigations; and service management and capacity to improve. Annexes give an overview of JAR grades awarded since April 2007 under the new methodology and a full list of JARs since April 2007.

Academic evaluation of the Care Commission Regulatory Support Assessment (RSA) tool

Report of a study to evaluate the effectiveness of the RSA, a tool to aid Care Commission officers in planning and carrying out their inspection programme by identifying issues and developments which will highlight the required time allotment and intensity of inspection.

General report on the health and social care sector in Northern Ireland: 2008

This report covers the audits of 16 health bodies in 2007-8. These include all health and social services boards, all health and social care trusts and a number of agencies and special agencies. Health service audit is undertaken by staff from the Northern Ireland Audit Office although a number of audits are contracted out to private sector accountancy firms. The report concludes that the health and social care sector continues to make progress in delivering improved health and social care services.

Joint inspection of services to protect children and young people in the Renfrewshire Council area

The inspection of services to protect children in the East Renfrewshire Council area took place between October and November 2007. It covered the range of services and staff working in the area who had a role in protecting children. As part of the inspection process, inspectors reviewed practice through reading a sample of files held by services who work to protect children living in the area. Some of the children and families in the sample met and talked to inspectors about the services they had received.

Substance misuse services in Grampian 2007 : multi-agency inspection (summary)

Document reporting the results of an inspection of substance misuse services in Grampian and making recommendations for improvements.