A brief history
The Association of Directors of Social Work (ADSW) was constituted in October 1969 in response to the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968, an immensely important landmark in Scottish social work history, which in turn was influenced by the Kilbrandon report of 1964.
The Act led to the creation of social work departments and established social work as a professional service within local government. It further determined that a local authority would appoint an officer known to be a ‘Director of Social Work’: a post given wide ranging responsibilities and also protection.
ADSW membership at the time of its constitution was open to all Directors of Social Work appointed by local authorities under the Act. The main objects of the Association were stated as ‘the promotion of social welfare and the promotion of the interests of service users’.

A brief history

The Association of Directors of Social Work (ADSW) was constituted in October 1969 in response to the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968, an immensely important landmark in Scottish social work history, which in turn was influenced by the Kilbrandon report of 1964.

The Act led to the creation of social work departments and established social work as a professional service within local government. It further determined that a local authority would appoint an officer known to be a ‘Director of Social Work’: a post given wide ranging responsibilities and also protection.

ADSW membership at the time of its constitution was open to all Directors of Social Work appointed by local authorities under the Act. The main objects of the Association were stated as ‘the promotion of social welfare and the promotion of the interests of service users’.

Past Presidents 

1970  H Mapstone 1971  J Murphy
1972  J Gregory 1973  J Johnston
1974  W Grant 1977  J Murphy
1978  S Moxley 1979  D Macdonald
1980  H Garland 1981  R Winter
1982  R Poor 1983  A Gillespie
1984  M Hartnoll 1985  M Hartnoll
1986  R Kent 1987  R Kent
1989  F Edwards 1990  I Ross
1991  A Robb 1992  I Gilmour
1993  J Dick 1994  P Bates
1995  P Bates 1996  A Cameron
1997  L McEwan 1998  P Cassidy
1999  G Irvine 2000  M Wells
2001  C Wilkinson 2002  J Dickie
2003  D MacAulay 2004  A Jay
2005  C Mackenzie 2006  D Crawford
2007  B Docherty 2008  A Baird
2009  H Dempster 2010 M Miller
2011 A Lowe 2012 P Macleod
2013 S Riddell 2014 H Stevenson

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Date Title Summary
17/06/2015 Presidential Address 2015 Alistair Gaw
18/06/2014 Presidential Address 2014 Harry Stevenson
19/06/2013 Presidential Address 2013 Sandy Riddell
19/06/2012 Presidential Address 2012 Peter MacLeod
18/05/2011 Presidential Address 2011 Andrew Lowe
12/05/2010 Presidential Address 2010 Michelle Miller
13/05/2009 Presidential Address 2009 Harriet Dempster
14/05/2008 Presidential Address 2008 Alain Baird
16/05/2007 Presidential Address 2007 Bernadette Docherty
 

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