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Mission impossible on a daily basis

Guardian survey of social workers finds 92% affected by austerity; 82% work overtime every day and 82% don’t pay enough heed to their own wellbeing

Research, conducted by Guardian Jobs in association with Affinity Workforce, asked more than 1,420 staff across the social work profession about their working lives and revealed that although the majority get real satisfaction from their jobs, they face huge pressures every day. Link to original article


Street Soccer

A new social football group has started at Leith Community Centre on Thursdays at 1pm, aimed at adults who may be experiencing homelessness, isolation, mental health issues, in recovery or are just looking to socialise and improve health and fitness. There is no cost. More details here.

Edinburgh Choose Life: Reflection Event for those touched by suicide

Please see the Poster for Reflection 13th September 2015 2 for details of the Reflection Event to be held at the Augustine United Church on Sunday 13 September.

Tuesday 26 May

Thanks to all who made it to the meeting yesterday. What a great afternoon!  As promised, here are the links:

Thistle Foundation

Thistle Foundation Presentation


The Annie Dow Heroism Award

The New School


If you enjoyed yesterday afternoon please spread the word!

Occupational Therapist Registration Requirements

Occupational therapists will be required to re-register with the Health and Care Professions Council later this year, and as part of this, will need to declare that they have suitable indemnity insurance in place.

The City of Edinburgh Council has ‘Officials’ Indemnity’ cover, which addresses the Council’s legal liability for neglect, error or omission by any employee in the performance of their duties, and Professional Indemnity, which caters for the Council’s legal liability for neglect, error or omission by any employee arising from professional services committed in connection with the business. Both policies are subject to normal terms and conditions in relation to Council activities.

This cover has been deemed to be sufficient to meet the Health Care Professions Council requirements. In addition, some professional bodies and trade unions also offer indemnity insurance as part of their membership benefits.

Further information can be found on the Health Care Professions Council website at

Tuesday 26 May (next meeting)

Agenda here – see you then!

David Orr – Response to Michelle Miller’s blog post and the Contempt case

This post is in response to Michelle Miller’s blog post, viewable here and has been prepared by David Orr:

The findings indicate two social workers who, with the best interests of the children in mind, did what they considered was right and proper in that regard” (Lord Malcolm)

Given the significance of the decision made by the Court of Session on 27 March 2015 for social work practitioners not just in Edinburgh but across Scotland (and arguably further afield), it is reassuring that this month’s blog post by Michelle Miller (Chief Social Work Officer) is dedicated to the matter. When three Senators of the College of Justice overturn a decision of one of their peers in this fashion their reasoning warrants close scrutiny. I had planned to write a response in the comments field attached to the blog but when I started it was hard to stop. I figured it was better not to hijack that platform hence the post on the ELPF website which welcomes contributions from any practitioner. These views are my own though, not those of the ELPF.

Continue reading ‘David Orr – Response to Michelle Miller’s blog post and the Contempt case’

BASW/SASW event, Tuesday June 3

Please see the following information relating to a BASW/SASW event occurring tomorrow.

On June 3, SASW will host its Annual Members Meeting at the Grassmarket Community Project, 84-86 Candlemaker Row in Edinburgh, EH1 2QA.
Lesley Riddoch, journalist and broadcaster, has agreed to talk to us about her work and writing on the strengths of communities within Scotland.
We are pleased to have assembled a Panel of strong speakers who have been prepared to accept our invitation to answer questions on our title: The Referendum: what are the implications for Social Work? Our own “Question Time” event will begin at 6pm, after our Business Meeting.
SASW remains absolutely impartial on the outcome of the Referendum. We have stated: This is not about deciding which way is best, it’s about consequential thinking and contingency planning for either outcome”.
Our own “Question Time” event will begin at 6pm, after our Business Meeting. The Panel members’ views are their own, and there will be some ability to respond to additional questions from the audience.

Please come and join our debate!


Colin Stark

Round up Friday 23 May 2014

This is a great way of recognising the work that Children & Families staff do – get nominating!

Next Meeting

City Chambers - Council ChamberApril 23rd, 2018
33 days to go.

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