From the Care Inspectorate Provider Update

COVID-19: supplementary National Child Protection Guidance has been updated

The guidance is available for download here.  It includes the following changes: 

Version PublishedSummary of Changes
31/8/2020Updated to acknowledge the relaxation of restrictions, and the need for planning for local lockdowns. Updated arrangements regarding the organisation of Children’s Hearings. Paragraph removed, as the guidance on shielding has been paused.

Please note that minor changes may be made to the guidance and not always shared via email.  To ensure that you are using the most up to date version, please access the website.

Pre-employment checks revert to previous position

In light of registered care services not reporting significant staffing and recruitment problems, the Care Inspectorate and the SSSC have decided to revert to the previous position regarding pre-employment checks. 

This means that providers are expected to have received satisfactory checks including PVG membership and references before an individual starts work.  Removing the previous flexibility introduced at the start of the pandemic is aligned with Disclosure Scotland confirming that there are no longer delays in PVG checking.  

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