Forums & groups

As well as providing information about the various forums and groups that will drive and inform the change programmes, this section of the website hosts online discussion forums.

“Social work has a bright and exciting future. Changing Lives gives us a once in a generation opportunity to deliver the kind of social work services Scotland needs.”


Success in implementing Changing Lives will depend on widespread ownership of the change programme, at all levels and in all parts of the system. The approach to implementation will build upon the participative approach established during the 21st Century Social Work Review process in order to ensure this. A number of national and local groups have been, or will be established to take the lead on this work.

Local Practitioner Forums

Achieving the aspirations of Changing Lives will require leadership from the front line as well as from the top of organisations. Practitioners from public, private and voluntary sectors are being actively encouraged to set up forums to discuss practice issues.

National Social Work Services Forum

The National Social Work Services Forum will bring together for the first time a broad range of stakeholders with an interest in social work services. Its remit is to provide a nationally recognised source of informed opinion on all matters relating to the delivery of social work services, in order to enable effective strategic planning and direction.

User and Carer Forum

The User and Carer Forum provides the opportunity for service users and carers to directly influence and shape implementation of the Changing Lives agenda. They have produced a Citizen Leadership Report and paper on Principles and Standards of Citizen Leadership that follows up on the idea of Citizen Leadership which had first been developed in the 21st century social work review.

Communications Network

The purpose of this group is to develop a communications network for agencies and partners working towards the changing lives agenda, incorporating all 5 of the change programmes, to help improve the flow of information between all involved and to ensure that each member’s organisation reaches as wide a possible list of stakeholders affected by changing lives.