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Migration, Mental Health Trauma & Wellbeing

The BME Equality Workers Forum is presenting a one day conference on Tuesday 15 November 2016. Please see the flyer for details: event-2016-final-draft

New Evidence/Practice Searching Service For Social Service Staff

The Networked Evidence Search and Summary Service is supported by the Office of the Chief Social Work Adviser as a way to improve use of evidence across the social services sector. This Service helps you to answer your questions about delivering the best possible care and support. It finds the latest high quality evidence from research, practice examples and improvement reports, and summarises it to help you in making decisions and improving services. Continue reading ‘New Evidence/Practice Searching Service For Social Service Staff’

Edinburgh Meal Makers

Edinburgh Meal Makers now have over 25 volunteer cooks ready to start sharing across the city, and want to step up the pace in getting some older people referred them.  Below is the list of areas where they currently have cooks PVG checked or are just waiting for them to be returned from disclosure.  Continue reading ‘Edinburgh Meal Makers’

Have Your Say – Edinburgh’s Domestic Abuse services

The City of Edinburgh is reviewing how its services respond to domestic abuse, and want to hear from services users and people who work with them to:

  • find out how helpful they have been
  • see how they can be improved
  • make sure they work well together

We are carrying out online surveys and talking to small groups to find out more.  The results will help us to plan services which work for everyone. Continue reading ‘Have Your Say – Edinburgh’s Domestic Abuse services’

How can SASW help you?

Want to tell SASW what it’s like to be a social worker in Scotland in 2016? Want to know how SASW can support you? See the flyer SASW Sessions and email scotland@basw.co.uk to book a spot.

 

The Vision and Strategy for Social Services in Scotland : a one-year on progress report

Social Services in Scotland: a shared vision and strategy for 2015-2020 was launched on World Social Work Day in March 2015 by the Social Work Services Strategic Forum.  A Progress Report summarising the range of work which is under way to implement the strategy has now been published.  Whilst this is a five year strategy it is clear that even at this early stage real progress is being made collectively by all parts of the sector.

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People, who chairs the Strategic Forum, said: “This report shows good progress on an ambitious strategy to deliver excellent social services, in a year where there have been many new developments across the sector. I welcome the update as it makes clear that there is a strong commitment and drive from all the partners to take this forward as part of the wide range of improvement and developments across public services in Scotland.”

You can use the link to our webpages here: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/People/social-services-workforce/SWSSF

 

 

Practitioner Engagement Events

I (Ciara) went to one of these last year and found it a really useful forum to share ideas, reflect on practice, and to help shape the future of social service delivery in Scotland. Please read on for details on events this year. Continue reading ‘Practitioner Engagement Events’

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.

Better late than never…

Social Work Scotland daily news 25/01/16
Scottish Government

Funding for new schools
Allocation of £230 million to replace nineteen schools across Scotland. Read more…

Child sexual exploitation
A new multi media campaign to raise awareness of and prevent child sexual exploitation will be launched this week (Thursday). Read more…

Major GP test pilot launched in Inverclyde
Collaboration will examine new ways of structuring primary care. Read more…

The Herald
Scottish foster carers forced to subsidise basic expenses as allowances fall short of UK minimums
SCOTTISH foster carers are being forced to subsidise basic expenses to cover the cost of providing shoes, clothing and activities for the children they look after, according to a leading charity. Read more…

Outgoing chief of councils umbrella group COSLA Rory Mair warns pulling services away from local control will hit poorest hardest
SCOTLAND’S middle classes remain sheltered from the worst effects of council cuts with the less well-off to suffer if more public services are delivered nationally, local government’s most senior official has warned. Read more…

Community Care
We need zero tolerance of violence against child protection social workers

Susan Hunt, of Child Abuse Prevention Research Australia, argues children cannot be protected if workers are not protected themselves. Read more…

Social workers should get specialist training after 19 children killed during contact visits
The Women’s Aid report said known domestic violence perpetrators were being given contact with their children without proper consideration of their safety and wellbeing. Read more…

Guardian
Vulnerable victims of violence ‘at risk’ over funding uncertainty
Frontline services supporting victims of violent crime demand urgent clarity from the government over the funding available. Read more…

GCSE league tables show schools struggling to adjust to changes
Secondary schools made little headway in improving results in 2015 as headline pass rate rose slightly to 57.1%. Read more…

The Scotsman
Majority of Scots ‘want better wealth equality’ across nation
The majority of Scots believe wealth should be distributed more equally across the country, according to Oxfam. Read more…

1500 schools missing achievement gap funding, say Labour
ALMOST 85 per cent of Scotland’s schools receive no dedicated funding to help them cut the achievement gap between rich and poor pupils, Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has said. Read more…

 

 

Closing Date: 22 January!

If you would like to nominate someone for a SASW Social Work Award please see the attached flyer and nomination form: SASW awards.


Next ELPF meeting: Monday 27 Feb: 2017 9:30 – 12:30 City Chambers (European Room)February 27th, 2017
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