Welcome to Social Work Scotland

Welcome to the Social Work Scotland website. This website was set up by the Scottish Government in 2006 to enable users to access a wide range of information about Changing Lives – the change programme for social work services in Scotland, based on the 21st century review of social work.

The Changing Lives team work with a wide range of individuals, organisations and groups with an interest in social work services. This includes service users and carers, local authorities, voluntary and private organisations, umbrella and partner organisations (including health, education and justice services), universities and colleges and other Scottish Government departments.

Transformation of social work services to better meet people’s needs requires major cultural change, as well as visionary leadership at national and local levels. It will need concerted effort, collaborative working and for every one of us to play our part, and be willing to challenge and to be challenged to ensure delivery of the services needed for the 21st century.

The Core Products

A number of ‘core products’ are being worked on to support the key aspiration of Changing Lives – to improve outcomes for individuals and communities - by building capacity to deliver services and developing a confident, competent, valued workforce.


Changing Lives January 2009 eBulletin

The January 2009 Changing Lives eBulletin is now available. This issue includes updates on the Five Change Programmes and Local Practitioner Forums and features contributions from SSSC and ADSW on the SSSC Corporate Plan 2009 and the ADSW/SSSC strategy to promote Social Work in Scotland

25 February 2009

STRADA announcement on forthcoming Academic Programmes

STRADA are now recruiting for the following forthcoming Academic Programmes:

The programmes are aimed at those working with drug and alcohol users, who are seeking to gain an academic qualification in the field. Both programmes are taught on a part-time basis through the University of Glasgow’s Department of Adult and Continuing Education.

For further information on the forthcoming programmes or to download an application pack, please visit www.projectSTRADA.org.

13 February 2009

Sector Skills Agreement Events in March

As part of Skills for Care and Development, the Sector Skills Council for the social services sector, the SSSC developed the Sector Skills Agreement (SSA) in partnership with employers, training providers and funders of training.

In March 2009 the SSSC will be holding two SSA information events for employers which will offer information from the SSSC, Learndirect Scotland and the Learning Networks.

13 February 2009

Self-evaluation guide for social work services launched by national inspection body

A new self-evaluation guide, designed to enable Scotland’s social work sector to focus on continuous improvement and better outcomes for those who use services, was launched on 11th February 2009 by the Social Work Inspection Agency (SWIA).

13 February 2009

ADSW Social Work Lecture

On 11th February, Glasgow City Council hosted an ADSW Social Work Lecture marking the 40th anniversary of the implementation of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 and the creation of ADSW.

10 February 2009

Free Practice Learning Event, Perth, 17th February

BASW and SSSC are holding an event for everyone in the social services workforce on Tuesday 17 February 2009 at Perth Concert Hall.

Rediscover the value of social work - How to engage through practice learning, in the development of good social work practice

4 February 2009

Learning Network West Information Session

The Learning Network West are providing free half day information sessions on arrange of topics including: Registration, Continuous Learning Framework, Personalisation, Adult Support and Protection, and Social Services Knowledge Scotland (SSKS).

2 February 2009

SWIA Self-evaluation guide

The SWIA Self-evaluation guide is now available on the SWIA website. The guide enables social work services to carry out self-evaluations. SWIA created it in partnership with colleagues from the Performance Improvement Group of Changing Lives, working closely with volunteering local authorities in drafting and testing the materials and involved the Improvement Service. The guide represents the culmination of the work of the Performance Improvement group.

26 January 2009

Information Literacy and Social Services Knowledge Scotland – Events

The Voluntary Sector Social Services Workforce Unit, the Learning Networks, IRISS and NES are working together to offer workshops on SSKS that include hands-on sessions.

5 January 2009

Consultation - Priorities for research in child care and protection (Scottish Child Care and Protection Network)

The Scottish Child Care and Protection Network (SCCPN) are currently conducting a consultation with frontline practitioners to identify what they see as priorities for research in child care and protection.

The network is funded by the Scottish Government, and aims to increase access to evidence for practice in child care and protection. The consultation is in the form a short questionnaire and runs until the end of February.

18 December 2008

Knowledge Management Strategy – Consultation and Consensus-Building Event – 6th February

The Scottish Government is funding development of a knowledge management strategy and action plan for social services, to underpin the goals of Changing Lives. Production of this strategy is being managed jointly by IRISS and NHS Education for Scotland (NES), and builds on the foundations established by Social Services Knowledge Scotland the national online knowledge service.

The working vision is to “share knowledge to equip and empower staff and service users, to improve service outcomes.” This will be achieved by making information and learning available when and where they are needed, in the format required, and by developing skills and confidence in using information. The aim is that the culture of asking questions, finding, evaluating and sharing information, and putting it into practice becomes an integral part of day to day work throughout the social services.

A series of interviews have been conducted with senior strategic stakeholders in social services during October 2008. This process afforded valuable insights into the existing knowledge and information infrastructure within Social Services in Scotland, together with key strategic needs and issues which the future knowledge management strategy will need to support.

IRISS and NES are now pleased to invite you to a consultation and consensus building event on 6th February at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. This will build on the strategic themes identified in the first phase. A discussion paper summarising these issues will be circulated to delegates in advance of the event. The focus on the day will be on identifying and prioritising practical solutions and deliverables that will achieve measurable improvements in service delivery. A questionnaire survey will also be distributed widely in advance of the event, the aim being to build up consensus on key areas of focus through these successive rounds of consultation.

11 December 2008

Care Accolades 2009

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is calling for organisations that provide social services across the country to enter this year’s prestigious Care Accolades. They’re looking for entries from all social service organisations across the whole range of provision in the voluntary, private and public sectors including community services, care home services, early years, children and young people and older people services.

Launched last week in Dundee, Care Accolades 2009 is a national award ceremony that gives social service organisations in Scotland the chance to get recognition of the vital work they do. The closing date for entries is Friday 20 February 2009.

11 December 2008

Free Online Course - An Introduction to Online Communication: 2nd - 13th February 2009

The Learning Network North is delivering a free online course, available to those in the social services sector: An Introduction to Online Communication.

It will introduce participants to how the online environment can provide effective learning opportunities, give access to knowledge resources and support enhanced communication.

The course, which has been developed by the Learning Network North and the Robert Gordon University, is delivered online, in a private site in the Learning Network North Portal (lnnportal).

2 December 2008

‘Children at the Centre’ Training for Trainers Programme 2008-2009

Following on from the successful completion of the STRADA sub-project, Children at the Centre training for social workers in 2005-2007 additional resources have been provided by The Scottish Government to ensure that there is a network of trainers in Scotland from a range of agencies who can deliver the Children at the Centre programme in their own areas to a multidisciplinary audience.

The overall aim of this training is to provide participants with the knowledge & skills to deliver the updated 2-day Children at the Centre training programme.

29 September 2008

Learning Network Website Success

The Learning Network North have issued a Press Release on the success of the Learning Network Website www.learningnetworks.org.uk