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Just Us

The Willow Project, a multi-disciplinary service for women involved in the criminal justice system, have a group that meets on a Friday called Just Us.

Just Us are a group supported by Willow and led by women who have experience of mental health issues and of being in the criminal justice system. Just Us were awarded funding from See Me and have been working hard over the last year to raise awareness around the impact of poor mental health for women in the criminal justice system.

Please see INVITES final just us conversations for Conversation Café events and the dates and times these will be running. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the event when refreshments will be available.

Please circulate this invitation to other colleagues as you feel appropriate.

Please reply to  to confirm your place. Please note we cannot guarantee a space on your preferred date as spaces are limited, we would therefore encourage an early response.

The Land Between – free film screening

The Land Between offers an intimate insight into the hidden and desperate lives of Sub-Saharan African migrants living in the mountains of northern Morocco. It raises several questions for Social Work and other allied professions on ways they can best respond to this unfolding crisis. Chaired by Trisha Hall, Manager, Scottish Association of Social Workers; there will be a post-screening discussion on the policy and ethical dilemmas that practitioners face in addressing this unfolding crisis, which the UNHCR calls the “biggest humanitarian emergency of our era”.

More info Social Work Film Screening.

IRISS (The Institute of Research and Innovation in Social Services): The View from Here

Get involved…

“The View from Here survey is open to all those working in social services in Scotland – whether employed by local authorities, charities, private sector providers or the healthcare sector.  It asks those delivering care and support – working at any level – to share their views anonymously about issues including job satisfaction, training opportunities, workloads and the impact of policy on care professionals.”

(or if you don’t want to read the blurb click here for the survey)

Reflections on the outcome of the contempt of court case

I have copied this post from the blog that the Chief Social Work Officer for the City of Edinburgh Council, Michelle Miller, posted on the CEC intranet recently. We welcome comment and debate on this. The post has been reproduced with Michelle’s kind permission:

Continue reading ‘Reflections on the outcome of the contempt of court case’


A short video explaining the new way of delivering social support in Edinburgh can now be viewed on the City of Edinburgh Council’s You Tube channel.

The lively two-minute animation spells out key information on Self-directed Support (SDS) – the new way for Scotland’s councils to help people of all ages to live independently at home and become more involved in the community.

You can view the Council SDS video here.  English language subtitles are in place to help people with impaired hearing.

SDS gives people much more choice and control about the way they are supported than ever before.

The new measures – which came into effect in April 2014 – have been described as the biggest change in local authority social care provision since the introduction of community care in the early 1990s.

If you are an adult and think you or an adult you know could benefit from Self-directed Support in Edinburgh, speak to your social care worker or call Social Care Direct  on 0131 200 2324 – or email

Children and parents/carers should call  0131 200 2327 or  email

SSSC Registration

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has been registering people who work in social services since 2003. There are now over 68,000 people in Scotland on the Register with another 50,000 expected to join before 2020. This is a really important aspect of the professionalism of our work.

You can share your views and experiences about registration by:

completing the SSSC survey at:

or by taking part in any of the events being held across Scotland – details below

or by emailing your comments to

The SSSC is hosting four sessions in February 2015:

  • Tuesday 3 February 2015, Edinburgh: 10.00 to 12.00 and 14.00 to 16.00
  • Friday 6 February 2015, Glasgow: 10.00 to 12.00 and 14.00 to 16.00

To be involved in shaping the future of registration, go along and get involved. These workshops are for all social service workers, employers and anyone within or connected to social services in Scotland.

Book a place through Eventbrite.

IRISS – The View From Here

IRISS is trying to understand practitioners’ experiences of delivering care and support in Scotland. Part of this project will be to undertake a survey in partnership with the Guardian to reach a broad audience across Scotland.

However, we are aware that this survey is unlikely to reach the entire workforce – particularly those who work most closely with people who access support. That said, we are taking a slightly different approach to engage with this particular group.

We would like you to help us identify two practitioners from your organisation to undertake a more in-depth look at their day-to-day experiences of supporting people and their views on a variety of topics. The proposal is for them to record their experiences (using a ‘cultural probe’ or ‘diary method’) over one week in a more qualitative way using creative methods.

Read more about The View from Here project.

If you would like to discuss this further, please contact Lisa Pattoni.

SASW Social Work Awards 2014

The closing date is 28 November so you’ll have to get a move on but if there’s a social worker you think deserves to be nominated you can do so using this form: Nomination Form 2014


Social Work Watch

UNISON have published their latest report: Social Work Watch – inside an average day in social work: How social work staff support and protect people, against all the odds.

In total, 1140 social workers took part, sharing the highs and lows of a working day on 29th April – an ordinary day in social work across the UK.

The report paints a picture of the incredibly difficult and diverse work UNISON members in social work do every day, and the toll it takes on family and personal lives. But it also highlights how much of a difference social workers make to the lives of children and adults going through difficult times.

If you are a UNISON member you should have the opportunity to get involved in this exercise again next year.

The SSSC Challenge – The social work degree in the 21st century

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) Challenge opens at 7am on Friday 18 July 2014 and will be open for approximately three weeks. This is your opportunity to contribute ideas about how the social work degree can best deliver social workers who are fit for practice in the 21st century and become lifelong learners.
Continue reading ‘The SSSC Challenge – The social work degree in the 21st century’

Next ELPF meeting (Midlothian Room, Lothian Chambers)November 26th, 2015
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