This briefing provides information on the current and past Scottish regulatory regime for care services, as it relates to older people. Focussing on the regime prior to and following the passing of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001, it discusses the background to the regime under the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care (the Care Commission), and also the Scottish Social Services Council, given its role in regulating the social services workforce. It then discusses the role and functions of the new regulator Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland, relating it to the programme of public services reform pursued by the Scottish Government. Throughout the briefing statistics, largely related to the final year of operation of the Care Commission, are provided where appropriate.
Read SPICe Briefing: SB 11-60 Regulating Care for Older People (684KB pdf)
Published: 25 August 2011