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Forthcoming Dates for ELPF

Dates for forthcoming Edinburgh Local Practitioner Forum meetings:

Wednesday 10 April 2019 09:30 – 12:30 (City Chambers, Business Centre)

Wednesday 26 June 2019 09:30 – 12:30 (Venue tbc)

Wednesday 30 October 2019 09:30 – 12:30 (City Chambers, European Room)

Please view the Agendas & Minutes for previous and upcoming meetings.

As always, if there is anything you would like raised via the ELPF please get in touch. Email: or contact us online.

We are also looking for new co-chairs, so if you’d like to take the next step and help to organise a meeting, let us know!


Your Practitioner Forum Needs YOU!

Hi everyone

We had a really interesting morning at the ELPF today. All the presentations are available on the website already if you want to have a look at them but I can say that none of them are as meaningful as they are when you see them being delivered by the person who wrote them and have the opportunity to get involved in discussion with fellow practitioners.

Continue reading ‘Your Practitioner Forum Needs YOU!’

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


Inclusive Edinburgh

Hi everyone

Alan Laugland’s Inclusive Edinburgh presentation can be viewed in advance of tomorrow’s meeting here:

Inclusive Edinburgh Nov 2014

See you then



Mike Mawby’s GIRFEC presentation is now available to view (in advance)here: GIRFEC Presentation November 2014

Mike will presenting this at the ELPF meeting this Thursday 13 November.

See you there!


Final Meeting of 2014

The final meeting of the ELPF will be held on Thursday 13 November 2014 at City Chambers. The agenda is here: Agenda 13.11.2014 and we hope to see you then.


The importance of presentation

Many of you will have received Michelle Miller’s email about the quality and presentation of our written communication. I know that this is sometimes not given priority (especially when there’s a deadline, computers aren’t working or we’re just snowed under) but I do agree with Michelle and I quote from her email:

We are professionals; we expect to be treated with the respect we and our service users deserve; we are the voice of often the most disenfranchised and disadvantaged members of our communities – a voice that needs to be heard loud and clear in circles of power and decision-making; we need to articulate with absolute clarity some of the most complex ideas, theories and assessments, from which life-changing conclusions will be drawn. The language we use and the way we use it are critical.

And it’s not just about grammar, spelling and unfathomable acronyms; it is also that what we write is often the only story people may have, or it may be the chapter that makes sense of the rest. We owe it to them to write their story with respect.

The brief guidance Michelle provided can be viewed here Guidance for Written Communications October 2011.

Useful Links (and the minute of the meeting)

I’ve done a brief Minute 13.08.2014 of this morning’s meeting and included links to the online feedback form for the SSSC, Stef’s presentation and EVOC’s ‘Red Book’ and a few other bits and bobs.

Thanks for coming! See you in November 🙂


Practice Learning

For those of you who think your team could offer a great social work student placement the people to contact at City of Edinburgh Council are easily found on the Orb – just search for ‘practice learning’ under Find People.


Social Work Degree Feedback

Unfortunately I have just heard that Moira Lyne, who was going to give us an input on the integration of Health and Social Care, is unable to make the meeting tomorrow.

I have been in touch with the SSSC (who are currently reviewing social work education and PRTL requirements in Scotland) and they are keen to have some practitioner feedback. I suggest we use the time set aside for Moira to have some small group discussion on this topic instead. I have no doubt it will be a great conversation starter!


Next ELPF Meeting

City Chambers Business Centre 09.30 - 12.30April 10th, 2019
City Chambers, Business Centre: 09.30 - 12.30

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