Social work leadership body opens doors to private, voluntary and health sector chiefs

Association of Directors of Social Work to become Social Work Scotland

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The organisation representing social work directors in Scotland is to throw its doors open to private, voluntary and health sector chiefs in an overhaul designed to take account of public service reforms.

The Association of Directors of Social Work, which currently represents middle and senior managers in local government social work services, is being renamed Social Work Scotland to reflect the transformation in its membership.

The Scottish government’s decision to legislate to integrate adult social care and health, reforms to community justice services and the increasing integration of children’s services are among the reasons behind the shift.

As well as senior managers in public, private, voluntary and health bodies responsible for delivering social work services, membership will be open to more junior managers in these organisations who aspire to rise up the ranks.

“There has never been a more important time for leaders across the social work profession to have a cohesive voice to ensure that the unique contribution, role and potential of social work are fully promoted and developed,” said president Sandy Riddell. “Social Work Scotland will play a critical role in making this happen.”

The new organisation will be formally launched in June at its annual conference, along with a 10-year strategy for its work.

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