Chief Social Work Officer guidance

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.

Chief Social Work Officers in Scotland

Click here for a list of Chief Social Work Officers from each local authority across Scotland

Chief Social Work Officer meetings

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:

21/9/17 Grassmarket Community Project 11am - 5pm
31/11/17 Grassmarket Community Project 11am - 5pm
25/1/18 Grassmarket Community Project 11am - 5pm

Useful Contacts

Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport
Cabinet Secretary for Justice
Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland
Children's Hearings Scotland
Coalition of Care and Support Providers
COSLA
Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector Forum
Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills
The Scottish Social Services Council
Scottish Association of Social Workers
IRISS 
Mental Welfare Commission
Mental Welfare Commission- Good Practice Guides
NHS Education for Scotland
Risk Management Authority Scotland
Scottish Children's Reporter Administration
Scottish Children's Services Coalition
Scottish Social Services Council- Step into Leadership
Society for Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers
The Care Inspectorate
The Scottish Government- Health and Social Care
The Scottish Housing Regulator

Useful Documents

Date Document                    
1968 Social Work (Scotland) Act
1995 Children (Scotland) Act
1995 Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act
2000

Adults with incapacity (Scotland) Act

2002 Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act
2003 Mental Health (care and treatment) (Scotland) Act

2003

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act
2006 Changing Lives Report
2011 Commission on The Future Delivery of Public Services
2011 Children's Hearings (Scotland) Act
2012 Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements Guidance
2013 Social Care (Self-Directed Support) (Scotland) Act
2014 Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 
2014 Children and Young People (Scotland) Act
2015 Social Services in Scotland- A Shared Vision and Strategy
2015 The Standard for Chief Social Work Officers
2016 Carers (Scotland) Act
2016 Community Justice (Scotland) Act
2016 SSSC Codes of Practice
2016 Guidance to Chief Social Work Officers on access to Elected Member information
 2016  Guidance on giving evidence to a committee of the Scottish Parliament
 2016  Social Work Services Expenditure 2007-2015
 2016

Chief Social Work Officers in Local Authorities: Annual reports 2014-15. A Summary

 2016 Guidance on the Role of Chief Social Work Officer
 2017 Undertaking the role of Chief Social Work Officer
  
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.

 

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.

  

 

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.