Social Work Scotland responds to Liam Fee verdict

Speaking in reaction to the verdict in the Liam Fee case, Social Work Scotland’s President Elaine Torrance said:
“Liam’s death is an absolute tragedy and the level of cruelty that Liam experienced was deeply shocking. What makes it worse is that the abuse was carried out by the very people Liam should have been able to trust the most: his mum and his step mum.

Cases like these are exceptional and children dying at the hands of their parents remains a rare occurrence in Scotland. Parents are the primary protectors of their children and when that relationship fails and where people go out of their way to keep agencies at arm’s length, children can be at terrible risk“.

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National home care and support development officer

£40,000 - £45,000 per year | Full time, fixed term

Social Work Scotland, The Coalition of Care and Support Providers Scotland, Scottish Care, MacMillan Cancer Support, COSLA and the Scottish Government have come together to fund this key national post.

Closing date: Friday, 17th June 2016

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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

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.
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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...













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