Scottish social work services to be overhauled with £15 million funding

Funding of £15 million will help the Scottish executive, service providers and professionals implement more than 100 actions to improve social work services in Scotland, it was announced today.

A five-year plan to transform social work services north of the border was announced by education minister Peter Peacock.

The plan will deliver the vision set out in the 21st Century Review of Social Work published earlier this year.

Peacock said: “We have a major test in bringing about lasting change to social work services following the conclusions of the recent review of social work.”

“We don’t only have an opportunity to change, we have an obligation to change how social work operates,” he continued. “This plan will ensure that those with vision, ideas and commitment to develop services have the support to deliver that real and lasting change.”

The £15 million will help the initial start up process over the first two years. Further funding will follow in the subsequent three years.

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