Regulation and Inspection

Blackwood is registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) as a non-profit making registered charity (number SC007658).

Care Inspectorate

We are also registered with the Care Inspectorate, Scotland’s independent scrutiny and improvement body for all care services.  We have care services in locations across Scotland that are all regularly inspected.  This ensures that the quality of our services meets the National Health and Social Care Standards and provides the best possible support to each individual customer.  We consistently achieve ‘Very Good’ grades across our care homes and housing support and care at home services.

You can read more about our latest inspections by searching for Blackwood Homes and Care on the Care Inspectorate website:

Duty of Candour

Our annual Duty of Candour document can be viewed Duty of Candour Annual Report 2021_22.

Scottish Housing Regulator

Blackwood is also a Registered Social Landlord with the independent regulator of all social landlords and council housing services in Scotland.  

The Scottish Housing Regulator completes an annual regulatory risk assessment to decide which level of engagement it will have with each Registered Social Landlord.  Landlords fall into one of three broad categories of engagement - low, medium and high.  SHR publish a regulation plan for each landlord that they plan to have a high or medium level of engagement with.  Each plan explains the landlord’s regulatory profile and sets out how SHR will engage with the organisation. 

In 2019-20,  SHR issued a medium engagement plan for Blackwood. In 2018-19 our plan changed  from low engagement to medium was outlined in last year’s Engagement Plan as follows:

Blackwood has decided to considerably increase its development programme over the next five years and it will receive significant public subsidy and private finance to help achieve this. In order to obtain further assurance on its development, business growth and financial plans, we will discuss the risks and challenges it faces growing its business.”

We have provided all the information requested by the Regulator with regard to our current Engagement plan – a copy of which is linked here.  We will continue to work with them as necessary throughout the rest of the year.

You can read more about the Regulator and our performance here.

Annual Return on Charter 

Our annual return to charter submission to the Scottish Housing Regulator can be found here.

Annual Assurance Statement

Our annual assurance statement to the Scottish Housing Regulator can be found here AssuranceStatement_Blackwood Homes and Care_2021_Redacted.pdf [pdf] 63KB