Social Work Scotland appoints new leader

Elaine Torrance, CSWO at Scottish Borders Council has taken on the mantel of President of Social Work Scotland for the coming year. Elaine, who has already served a year as Vice President was part of three appointments made at our AGM and is joined by Val de Souza as Vice President and Kate Rocks as chair of the children and families standing committee. Contact details for all of our Office Bearers

Partnership Development Officer
(social work and prison)

£45,000 - £50,000 | Full time, fixed term for 6 months

Social Work Scotland and the Scottish Prison Service are looking to recuit a development officer to give focussed attention to developing a sustainable and effective relationship between prisons and partners delivering social work services. The post will be a qualified Social Worker with current registration.

Applicants should send a copy of their CV plus a cover letter by Friday 27th May to

Find out more information about the post

Preventative healthcare event

Wednesday 8th June at 5.30pm | Edinburgh

CM2000 are running a launch event on looking at how to we might predict and manage the health of people who receive home care. They have taken their technology, coupled it with research from Edinburgh Napier University and are applying it to real life situations in pilots across Scotland.

The event will showcase the results of how this project is assisting health and social care organisations offer faster preventative support and better self-management at the home to stop people going into hospital.

Book a place at the event

Social Work Scotland President Alistair Gaw: claims are 'inflammatory nonsense'.

Opponents of the plans to appoint a named person for every child in Scotland have claimed an "army" of GPs, housing officers and charities will spy on families when the law comes into force in August.
Read article in full.

Social Work Scotland states their position on the use of ViSOR and additional vetting requirement set out by the Home Office

Social Work Scotland accept the need for a transparent, meaningful and high level of vetting to undertake work in public protection and to maintain and protect the integrity of the VISOR system, the issue of vetting is primarily a matter for employers. Read full position statement

Whilst this is a five year strategy it is clear that even at this early stage real progress is being made collectively by all parts of the sector. Read more...

The Vision and Strategy for Social Services in Scotland : a one-year on progress report

Social Services in Scotland: a shared vision and strategy for 2015-2020 was launched on World Social Work Day in March 2015 by the Social Work Services Strategic Forum. A Progress Report summarising the range of work which is underway to implement the strategy has now been published.

Whilst this is a five year strategy it is clear that even at this early stage real progress is being made collectively by all parts of the sector. Read more...

Annual Conference and Exhibition

15-16 June 2016 | Crieff Hydro
We are now taking bookings for the Annual Conference 2016 to find out more click here

Child protection briefing

In anticipation of the announcement from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance on 25/02/16 Social Work Scotland produced a briefing that outlines important actions required in protecting Scotland's children. Read briefing












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