Guiding principles

We aim to work to current legislation, the Keys to Life Strategy, South Ayrshire Councils Health & Social Care Partnership Vision & Values, and to the principles of the Health and Social Care Standards, Care Inspectorate and Scottish Social Services Council.

Girvan Opportunities also contributes to the Scottish Governments Lifelong Learning Mission statement which is to:

  • Ensure learning is open to everyone at any age.
  • Offer a range of initiatives to develop and enhance the skills of Scotland’s people.
  • Set up a programme to support adult literacy and numeracy and provide opportunities for those with special needs.

Our approach is informed by the Health and Social Care Standards. The new Standards are wide reaching, flexible and focussed on the experience of people using services and supporting their outcomes. The Standards set out what people should expect when using health, social care or social work services in Scotland. They seek to provide better outcomes for everyone; to ensure that individuals are treated with respect and dignity, and that the basic human rights we are all entitled to are upheld. View a copy of the health and social care standards.

The Care Inspectorate is the independent scrutiny and improvement body for care and children’s services. They regulate and inspect care services and carry out social work and child protection inspections. They are here to make sure that people receive the highest quality of care and that their rights are promoted and protected.

View a copy of our latest inspection reports on the Care Inspectorate website.

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is responsible for registering people who work in social services and regulating their education and training.

View a copy of the SSSC codes of practice and search the register.