A leadership organisation for the social work profession

Social Work Scotland is the professional leadership body for the social work and social care professions. We are a membership organisation which represents social workers and other professionals who lead and support social work across all sectors. We have members from NHS, Local Authorities, third and independent sectors.

Effectively, we do two things:

  1. we influence and advice on the development of policy and legislation;
  2. and we support the development of the social work and social care professions.

You can find our project work on SDS, care and support at home, CSWO leadership and other topics on the side bar menu on the home page.

You can find the huge range of committees, sub-groups and practice networks we operate below. 

If you want to get involved, find out more or seek advice from a group, please go to the 'contacts' section.

Organisational structure 

Our engagement with our members is organised around 23 different groups, networks and committees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our values are based on professional leadership to achieve social justice and public protection. We value each person we support as an individual, without judgement; we celebrate and actively promote the unique contribution and role of professional social work; we embrace change and encourage collaborative and integrated arrangements to deliver better outcomes for people; and we support and create opportunities for those within and those supporting the profession of social work in order that we can develop effective and creative leaders for the future.
Our mission is:
to place people and their concerns and wishes at the heart of everything we do
to share the benefit of our values, principles and professional expertise, which are based on supporting all aspects of an individual’s life and take into account environment, circumstance, family and communities, with partners across other professions and organisations
to embrace partnership working in order to provide a seamless service to people, which gives them the support, advice and services they need
to ensure that Social Work Scotland represents the views of its members to government, parliament and people across the country, in order to improve the experience of people who use our services and to improve the impact our services have on their lives
to establish the profession of Social Work in the minds of public organisations, politicians and people as a valued and highly regarded profession, which makes a vital contribution to the lives of people who need our support
to ensure our approach is proactive and that we work with the people we support to make sure legislation, policy and practice are fit for purpose and give them the ability to live the life they choose
to share good work, ideas and practice amongst our membership in order to pool our resources and thinking to the benefit of individuals and communities
to be open to new ideas and to challenge ourselves and our colleagues, so that our approaches are fresh and innovative and benefit the people who need our support.Our values are based on professional leadership to achieve social justice and public protection. We value each person we support as an individual, without judgement; we celebrate and actively promote the unique contribution and role of professional social work; we embrace change and encourage collaborative and integrated arrangements to deliver better outcomes for people; and we support and create opportunities for those within and those supporting the profession of social work in order that we can develop effective and creative leaders for the future.
 

 HISTORY OF SOCIAL WORK SCOTLAND