‘Inspecting for Better Lives’ – one year on

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

In the autumn of 2004 the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) published Inspecting for Better Lives (IBL), outlining where it saw its current regulatory performance and how it intended to develop its practice. The Commisson said its prime function was to regulate social care, but went on to express a desire to improve everything it did, concluding that “If we are really going to put the views of those who use care services at the heart of what we do, encourage good work and stamp out bad practice, we have to ask different questions and do things differently” – a laudable intent, with the courage and honesty to acknowledge that not all had been well. Twelve months on are the CSCI’s intentions being fulfilled? A question that has to be asked is whether the CSCI appreciates that its “professional” language may not be clearly understood by all care providers and vice versa. The question is not intended as a criticism of either party but it should be understood that the background and training of the two

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