The Scottish Office has outlined plans to improve the inspection of residential and nursing homes as part of a white paper on the modernisation of social services.

The paper proposes a Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care to ensure independent inspection of homes. It also recommends a statutory index listing people unsuitable for work with children.

The Scottish commission will have wider powers than the eight commissions for care standards proposed for England. In addition to registering homes, it will be responsible for home care, adoption and fostering services, some secure and supported accommodation.

A Scottish Social Services Council is to be set up to start registering the 100,000 people working in social care settings, and to draw up a code of conduct and improve training.

Aiming for Excellence: modernising social work services in Scotland.

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