Archive for the 'Education' Category

Are you a newly qualified social worker?

The SSSC commissioned Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Dundee  in 2016 to conduct a 5-year longitudinal study of newly-qualified social workers (NQSWs) in Scotland. Social Work Scotland have endorsed the study.

If you’re a NQSW and you’ve not completed the survey yet, please do so using the link below:  

Public Dialogue: Restorative Justice in Scotland

The Scottish Universities Insight Institute is facilitating a series of events focusing on Restorative Justice in Scotland. More information here:

The Mamie Martin and Soko Funds

You are warmly invited to join an event which is being hosted by the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science. It is taking place in the seminar room of the Chrystal Macmillan building on Tuesday 14 June from 3 – 5 pm. It is particularly aimed at our students – the leaders and decision-makers of tomorrow – but all staff would be very welcome and are specifically invited. Continue reading ‘The Mamie Martin and Soko Funds’

Social Work Education

At this Thursday’s meeting we will be asking if anyone is interested in attending an engagement event around social work education on 23 March. You can read the invite and the paper here: 2015-Review-Social-Work-Education-phase1-paper CSWO across all LAs – invite letter

Please let us know if you would be interested in attending.

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.

Get Online

‘Get Online’ Sessions

The Council is providing free ‘Get Online’ sessions to members of the public who have never used the internet before, or want to become more confident in using a laptop, tablet or phone to access the internet. Council staff can refer people who could benefit by contacting Kenny Sharkey on 0131 469 3615 or 07809320432.

Sessions started in Craigmillar library where there are two groups per week with regular attendance and a new group has started in Newington library.

A key part of the approach is outreach, so we also have a group in Moira Park Sheltered Housing in Portobello and are on the verge of starting one for Council tenants in Greendykes House.

The sessions are informal and provide 1-1 support from a volunteer. People can attend one session or several, as suits them.

Key for uptake of this service is referral by Council staff that are already in touch with people who could benefit from this.

For more information, see the following web and Orb pages or contact Kenny Sharkey on 0131 469 3615 or 07809320432

Thinking towards 2015…

I know we’ve only had one meeting so far this year but I was inspired by so many things at the Scottish Social Services Expo yesterday and wanted to share my thoughts on some potential events for 2015.
Continue reading ‘Thinking towards 2015…’

WithScotland – National Conference 2012

The WithScotland National Conference 2012Protecting People through Partnerships will be running a live Twitter feed throughout the day this Thursday, 25th October.  They will also be taking submissions for questions to be addressed during the Q&A sessions. It’s an ideal opportunity to get involved in an event you may not be able to attend (preferably because you’re prioritising the next ELPF meeting, which is also this Thursday!)

Follow them on Twitter @WithScotland.

What do you wish you’d known before becoming a social worker?

I saw this today – thought folk might like to share their own thoughts?

10 things ‘I wish I’d been told’ before starting social work



Privitisation of Children’s Services…

I’ve just seen this article in today’s Guardian. What are your thoughts? Frankly it scares the life out of me. As the article notes, how can a child be provided with the services he/she requires when the service provider is, first and foremost, out to make money?

Continue reading ‘Privitisation of Children’s Services…’

Next ELPF Meeting

World Social Work DayMarch 17th, 2020
Edinburgh Arts Centre

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