Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland

Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS) purpose is to provide assurance and protection for people who use care, social work and children's services.

SCSWIS LOGOSCWIS is a new regulator for Scotland. As a public body, also known as the Care Inspectorate, it operates to independently scrutinise and improve care, social work and child protection services for the benefit of the people who use them.

Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland aims to improve care, social work and child protection in a number of ways:
  • Providing public assurance and protection of vulnerable individuals and act as a catalyst for improvement.
  • Ensuring security and improvement activities are informed by a systematic analysis of risk and targeted where it is needed most.
  • Providing information on quality of care so that people who use and choose services and their carers and those responsible for commissioning services can make informal choices.
  • Inspecting against the regulations associated with the new Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010, the National Care Standards and other agreed national benchmarks.
  • Organising scrutiny and improvement activities, including inspections, around risk; targeting poorly performing services.
  • Making more use of unaccounted inspections.
  • Implementing national centralised registration and complaints functions.
  • Developing workforces to be more skilled at identifying and analysing risk.
  • Developing new validation process for self-evaluation.