Limitations (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill: Consultation Response

This is Social Work Scotland's response on the proposal to lift the three year time bar on historic abuse cases. Which was approved at the Executive Committee Meeting on 13/01/17

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Scottish Social Services Awards 2017

The Scottish Social Services Awards celebrate the work of the social services sector in Scotland and those that work in it. It is run by the Social Work Services Strategic Forum which launched a new shared vision and strategy for social services 2015-2020

The awards recognise best practice and those individuals who are leading the way and making a difference to the lives of the people they help to support. The website is now live so please click here to put forward your entries. The deadline for entries is 28th February 2017

Social Work Scotland Welcomes the opportunity to comment on the proposal for a new Carers Census

The census is intended to provide statistical information on carers assessments, support needs and plans, and services provided or arranged for carers. 

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Save the date - Annual Conference 2017

Next year the Social Work Scotland Annual Conference and Exhibition will take place on 14 and 15 June at Crieff Hydro Hotel. We are bringing together our criminal justice event and our main conference to offer one place for all of social work to come together

We have launched a mini site for the event which will have all the information you need to be part of the conference, whether you are a delegate, speaker, exhibitor or sponsor. View conference mini-site.

We are seeking workshop proposals! please see Call for Workshops

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services- Evidence to Parliament

Social Work Scotland provided evidence to parliament in advance of their committee session on 15 November. In our submission we outline the challenges to supporting young people have mentally healthy lives and the benefits of early intervention and prevention when it comes to mental health.

Click here for a link to our evidence.

Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

Social Work Scotland convened a seminar on 29th September 2016 to support members preparation for undertaking their duties with regard to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry into historical cases of child abuse. Chief Social Work Officers and their nominees as well as representatives from ADES, COSLA, SOLACE and the legal profession gathered to hear from speakers including the National Confidential Forum, Scottish Government, Police Scotland and the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry. To support discussion a pre brief was produced which looked at a variety of issues including support to victims and staff, giving evidence and provision of records to the Inquiry.

A summary of the main points and questions emerging from the seminar have been collated and flagged to the Inquiry for further discussion/ clarification. Should you wish to discuss how Social Work Scotland is responding to the work of the Inquiry, please contact Belinda McEwan, the Children and Families Development Officer for Social Work Scotland, at

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Scottish Child abuse Inquiry website 




Date Title Summary
17/01/2017 Limitations (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill Response to Consultation from the Scottish Government
11/11/2016 Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry Brief Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry Brief



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