Headlines: April 25th, 2007



A new website has been set up for people who work in social care. The site was created by the Commission for Social Care Inspection, which says it follows scrutiny by intensive focus groups and rigorous testing of the ‘care professional’ section on its current site.

The Commission says that detailed study has led to the creation of the new site and has helped to make it easy-t-use and ‘a one stop shop’ for social care professionals, who can access it at www.csci.org.uk/professional

The new site includes CSCI policies and information on how the Inspectorate works with local authorities as well as news on developments such as quality ratings for care services. There is also a simple guide to Government regulations and national minimum standards. New features include instant email alerts, searchable guidance section for different care services, a downloadable self-assessment section and frequently asked questions about inspection reports. It has been designed to meet the highest of accessibility and usability standards.

Judith Thomas, CSCI’s Director of Communication, User and Public Involvement, said one of the Commissions key aims was to work with councils and providers to improve social care services. “Information on how we work that is easily accessible, relevant and accurate is key to this,” she said and added, “Working with and testing the site with dozens of councils and providers means that the new website is targeted at social care professionals to give them the best possible information to help make services better for those who use them.”