Social Services Inspectorate (SSI)

The Social Services Inspectorate (SSI) was established on 1 April 1985 to:

  • inspect how social services were being provided and managed in order to ensure service users were receiving high quality and safe services
  • provide policy advice to ministers and the Department of Health, using insight from the inspections on the ground
  • manage the relationship between the Department of Health and local authority social services departments.

The SSI was an integral part of the Department of Health and Social Security and carried out inspection with local social services authorities operating under guidance from the Secretary of State.

The role of monitoring the delivery of local authority functions continued until the SSI was abolished in 2002. 


House of Commons.
Social Service Inspectorate.
HC Deb 25 February 1985 vol 74 cc74-5W.
Hansard; 1985.

Mitchell S and Tolan F.
Performance review through inspection and monitoring by central government.
In: Connor A, Black S (eds.) Performance review and quality in social care.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 1994.