The Care Inspectorate has published its first report following a five-year programme of inspections of services for children and young people. This report provides the findings from joint inspections of services across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland between 2012 and 2017.
The report highlights where services have improved, and also areas where more needs to be done.
Inspectors met with 1,502 parents and carers and 2,744 children and young people from across Scotland and discussed their experience of services. They also reviewed more than 3,000 case records relating to children and young people and analysed more than 7,000 staff survey responses, providing a strong bank of evidence.
Peter Macleod, chief executive of the Care Inspectorate said: "Our strategic joint inspections, carried out with our partners, help us answer the question 'what difference do services accessed by children and young people across Scotland make to their lives, and to the lives of their families? We want to assess how well services are planned and delivered so that we can continue to see improvement, and ensure that all children are supported to reach their full potential."