The Care Inspectorate was formed under the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010, and it is within this Act that their functions and powers and duties are defined.
The Care Inspectorate, which has taken over the functions of the Care Commission, the Social Work Inspection Agency (SWIA) and child protection unit of Her Majesty Inspectorate for Education (HMIe), is the independent regulator of social care and social work services across Scotland.
Various kinds of organisations provide the services regulated by the Care Inspectorate: local authorities, individuals, private businesses, charities and voluntary organisations.
There are around 15,000 services currently regulated by the Care Inspectorate.
The Care Inspectorate regulates a range of care services, undertakes strategic inspections of Local Authorities social work departments and is also responsible for the scrutiny of children service as set out in the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010.
The Care Inspectorate’s regulatory and scrutiny functions ensure that:
- Vulnerable people are safe
- The quality of these services improves
- People know the standards they have a right to expect
- They can report publicly on the quality of these services across Scotland
- They can support and encourage the development of better ways of delivering these services.
In discharging its regulatory and scrutiny functions the Care Inspectorate works in partnership with various stakeholders such as Education Scotland, COSLA, Scottish Care, and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) for example.