Council leaders throughout Scotland will be told that urgent
action is needed to attract more people into social work and
nothing less than a complete makeover will do.
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities arrived at these
conclusions following a joint meeting between social work,
education and health networks in Scotland. Timothy Stone, director
of service development for Cosla, will give the formal report to
council leaders and call for urgent action to be taken to attract
more recruits into social care.
The meeting in Clydebank will also hear that social work is
facing almost contradictory challenges at the moment. Though at the
heart of many major UK government and Scottish executive policy
initiatives, social work vacancy rates are high, absence levels are
increasing and the gap between social work and other professions is
wider than ever.