3. The focus of inspections
Evaluating the impact of services on young people.
The SCCIF has a consistent and clear focus on evaluating the impact of care and support on the experiences and progress of young people, largely through case tracking and sampling. This means that:
- inspectors spend less time looking at policies and procedures and more time looking at the impact of services on young people’s lives
- we give the minimum notice of inspection, so that we can see settings as they are on a day-to-day basis, and so that the time providers may spend preparing for inspection is reduced as much as possible; we will be reviewing whether to reduce the notice period for settings that still have relatively lengthy notice arrangements
- we have set out as clearly as possible the details of the information required by inspectors to assist their inspection; this will enable providers to produce their best evidence whenever we give notice of inspection