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  • A film of our seminar on Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children
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  • A briefing on Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

Save the date: Social Work Scotland Conference 2018

2018 Conference

Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the Social Work Scotland Act – this gives us a reason to celebrate, reflect on the journey so far and look to the future. The theme of the conference this year is ‘Confidence. Commitment. Collaboration’ and it will take place at the Crieff Hydro Hotel on 13 and 14 June 2018.
To keep track of updates as we develop our programme and to get alerts when our booking site is open, please register your interest via our event site

Social Work Scotland Adult Suport and Protection Conference: Good Practice and Future Challenges

Tuesday, 20th February 2018, 9.30am-3.30pm 
Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT

To mark 10 years since the enactment of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007, Social Work Scotland is holding an event to reflect on learning and developments in practice over the past 10 years and consider future challenges and innovative responses to support and protect adults.  Speakers will include Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Mental Health; Kathryn McKay University of Stirling; Dr Martin Kettle Glasgow Caledonian University; and from users of services in Glasgow and Kevin Mitchell, Executive Director on Scrutiny and Assurance, Care Inspectorate.

To book a place please contact admin@socialworkscotland.org

The event is free to members of Social Work Scotland and members of the Adult Support and Protection Practice Network.

There will be a charge of £55 for non-members who are eligible to join Social Work Scotland (those working in an organisation providing a social work service) and this will include a year’s membership.

There will be a charge of £72 for delegates who are not eligible to join Social Work Scotland. 

Social Work Scotland Seminar: Working with parents with a learning disability

Tuesday, 27th February 2018, 1-4pm
3rd Floor, Hayweight House, 23 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9DQ

Social Work Scotland are delighted to partner with the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability, Scottish Association of Social Workers and Parenting Across Scotland to provide a free seminar for social workers and managers about working with parents who have a learning disability.
The seminar will provide an opportunity to consider the Keys to Life Strategy, explore and consider the existing good practice guidance and other resources to support working with parents as well as share and hear practice examples.

To register, please follow this link.  

World Social Work Day: Celebrating 50 years of Social Work

Tuesday, 20th March 2018, 12.30-3pm
The Scottish Storytelling Centre, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

To celebrate World Social Work Day, Social Work Scotland, Scottish Government and SASW are bringing together a range of speakers to celebrate 50 years since the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1986, highlighting the Act's achievemnts and looking forward to a further 50 years of social work. 

Confirmed speakers include Paul Gray, Director General Health and Social Care, Scottish Government; Professor Viviene Cree from Edinburgh University; Thomas Timlin, Social Worker from North Ayrshire Council; Sally Ann Kelly, Chief Executive of Aberlour Childcare Trust and more. 

For further information please see this flier. To book your place, please click on this link.