Roles and Responsibilities

The Social Services Inspectorate is a Professional Group within the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety which supports Ministers, the Department, other Government Departments and agencies working in the field of social care.
The main aim of the Inspectorate is to work with others to ensure social work and social care services are responsive to the needs of the population of Northern Ireland and allow the public to have confidence in them. To achieve this we have a number of responsibilities:
  • We INSPECT social services and criminal justice provision and its organisation and management;

  • We EVALUATE voluntary organisations grant aided by the department;

  • We provide PROFESSIONAL ADVICE AND EXPERTISE to Ministers, Departments and social care and criminal justice agencies on the formulation, implementation and review of social services, and related health policies, and the effective and efficient delivery of social services;

  • We FACILITATE the conduct of business between the Departments and Boards, Trusts, the independent sector and other agencies;

  • We DEVELOP, and PROMOTE POLICY on training and qualifications for the Personal Social Services and ensure policy implementation.

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