Scottish Executive launches an independent review of social work

    The Scottish Executive has promised a “fundamental
    look” at social work in the year-long independent review 21st
    Century Social Work, writes Maggie
    Wood.
     

    The review follows criticism of social work and surrounding
    services in the wake of the Borders abuse case.

    The group will examine the modern day role of social workers and
    the profession’s leadership and management. It will also look
    at quality assurance, how best to deliver services, and whether the
    current legislative framework is still suitable. 

    Peter Peacock, minister for education and young people said that
    the review has been established to help “define the future
    role for social work and social workers” in Scotland.

    He added that the review would take into account the current review
    of the Children’s Hearing System, the executive’s child
    protection programme, and the impact of new legislation such as the
    Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act and Antisocial Behaviour
    Act.

    The group which will be chaired by William Roe, an experienced
    public service consultant who has worked for Shelter and Scottish
    Council for Voluntary Organisations, will be made up of individuals
    from local authorities, health, the Scottish children’s
    Reporter Administration, ADSW, and children’s advocacy group
    Who Cares? Scotland. Further appointments are expected to be made
    to the group from the police and from education.

    Alexis Jay, president of the Association of Directors of Social
    Work (ADSW) and also a member of the group said that ADSW welcomed
    the review of social work, and believed that the four key areas the
    review must focus on are the legal framework and robust inspection
    regime, political and professional leadership, and expectations of
    the public.

    In addition to the announcement of the 21st Century Social Work
    review, Peacock confirmed that the Executive would create a new
    inspection agency for social work next April.

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