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The Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 (the 1968 Act) requires local authorities to appoint a single Chief Social Work Officer (CSWO) for the purposes of listed social work functions.
A guidance for CSWOs has been issued by the Scottish Government in 2016, the publication can be accessed here.
Click here for a list of Chief Social Work Officers from each local authority across Scotland
Social Work Scotland guidance on Chief Social Work Officer supporting materialsWelcome letter to Chief Social Work OfficersSupporting materialsBriefing note for senior leadersChief Social Work Officers MentoringChief Social Work Officers PresentationChief Social Work Officer role profileHow Chief Social Work Officers engage with elected membersHow Chief Social Work Officers engage with senior leadersHow Chief Social Work Officers engage with social work and social care staffImprovement Service and Social work Scotland- Briefing note for elected members- the role of Chief Social Work OfficersSelf evaluation tool
Social Work Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Government host CSWO meetings per year. The dates, times and venues of the next 4 meetings are listed below:
Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and EqualitiesCabinet Secretary for Health and SportCabinet Secretary for JusticeCentre for Excellence for Looked After Children in ScotlandChildren's Hearings ScotlandCoalition of Care and Support ProvidersCOSLACriminal Justice Voluntary Sector ForumDeputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and SkillsThe Scottish Social Services CouncilScottish Association of Social WorkersIRISS Mental Welfare CommissionMental Welfare Commission- Good Practice GuidesNHS Education for ScotlandRisk Management Authority ScotlandScottish Children's Reporter AdministrationScottish Children's Services CoalitionScottish Social Services Council- Step into LeadershipSociety for Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior ManagersThe Care InspectorateThe Scottish Government- Health and Social CareThe Scottish Housing Regulator
Adults with incapacity (Scotland) Act
Chief Social Work Officers in Local Authorities: Annual reports 2014-15. A Summary
This document contains statutory guidance. It is issued to local authorities by Scottish Ministers under section 5 of the 1968 Act. The local authority must have regard to this guidance. It must follow both the letter and the spirit of the guidance. It must not depart from the guidance without good reason. The Guidance replaces guidance previously issued in 2009.