Thu. Jul 18th, 2024


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.


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

You can visit the Care inspectorate website by clicking on the following link:


You can read our latest report by clicking on our links page.

By Wendy Given

Wendy Given is our Chief Operational Officer