Scotland to examine England’s split of adults’ and children’s services

    The Scottish executive’s 21st century review of social
    work is to examine whether the English model of splitting up social
    services departments into separate children’s and
    adults’ organisations would be viable in Scotland,
    writes Derren Hayes in Dunbalne.

    Speaking to Community Care at the Community Care
    Providers Scotland conference in Dunblane this week, review lead
    William Roe said it was on his agenda to look at recent changes in
    the English system to see if they could work in Scotland.

    This will include looking at children’s trusts – where
    social care and education services work in one organisation –
    and how the NHS and social services can work more closely, as has
    happened with some Primary Care Trusts in England.

    In many English authorities, social services directors are being
    replaced by two directors with separate statutory responsibilities
    for adults and children’s services, and Roe said the role of
    Scottish chief social services officers would also be reviewed by
    his inquiry.

    “This is certainly an area we will be looking at –
    we are not assuming the patterns we have now are the right ones for
    the next 20 years.

    “People are not anxious about doing things differently and
    when you hear the radical ideas coming out of the conference it
    shows ministers were right to do a fundamental review rather than a
    minor one,” he added.

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