Social Work Scotland Children and Families Standing Committee is the unique voice for the leadership of children and families social work and social care professions.

The Committee supports practice which protects the most vulnerable children and families in Scotland and which is led effectively and creatively to achieve social justice and public protection; promotes partnership between children and families, communities, statutory bodies and the 3rd sector, local government, ministers, academics and other professional bodies; and progresses a cohesive integrated response to improving outcomes for children.

The Committee:

  • Represents the collective voice of children and families social work and social care leadership in responding to and identifying issues which affect children and families.
  • Promotes the unique position and value of social work with vulnerable children and their families.
  • Continues to highlight the critical importance of early intervention and prevention practice in order to influence the balance of care across Scotland.
  • Prioritises and collaborates on proactive strategic commissioning of research and awareness raising activity regarding best evidence and outcomes for children and families.
  • Prioritises and collaborates on proactive work which progresses effective social work practice with children and families, which identifies and addresses systemic barriers and which supports workforce development.
  • Supports the development of effective and creative leadership across all levels and sectors of children and families social work.

Supported by:

The Committee is supported by Sub Groups and Practice Networks which have an information flow in and out of them.

  • The Sub Groups support the work of the Children and Families Standing Committee by taking forward specific pieces of work identified.
  • The Practice Networks enables the sharing of practice, networking, and supports the committee feedback loop regarding new and emerging practice issues “on the ground”, but can also act as task and finish groups as necessary to support specific work being taken forward in the sub groups, to respond to particular emerging national needs e.g. responses to draft legislation on Adoption.

Meeting dates for the Sub Groups and Practice Networks are available at the bottom of this page.

People

Jacqui Pepper Co-Chair jpepper@pkc.gov.uk
Alison Gordon Co-Chair gordonal@northlan.gsx.gov.uk
Mike Burns Vice Chair mike.burns@glasgow.gov.uk
Sharon McAlees Vice Chair sharon.mcalees@inverclyde.gov.uk

meetings

When Location Address
20/07/2018
11:00 - 15:00
Room 1 Raploch Community Campus
Drip Road
Stirling
FK8 1RD
31/08/2018
11:00 - 15:00
Room 1 Raploch Community Campus
Drip Road
Stirling
FK8 1RD
19/10/2018
11:00 - 15:00
Room 5 Raploch Community Campus
Drip Road
Stirling
FK8 1RD
23/11/2018
11:00 - 15:00
Room 1 Raploch Community Campus
Drip Road
Stirling
FK8 1RD
11/01/2019
11:00 - 15:00
Room 1 Raploch Community Campus
Drip Road
Stirling
FK8 1RD

Subgroups

Child Protection Subgroup Chair: Kate Rocks kate.rocks@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk
Corporate Parenting Subgroup Chair: Vivien Thomson vivien.thomson@falkirk.gov.uk
Vice Chair: Scott Dunbar scott.dunbar@edinburgh.gov.uk
Vice Chair: Jo Derrick jo.derrick@thefca.co.uk
Early Help/Looked after at home Co-Chair: John Trainer john.trainer@renfrewshire.gov.uk
Co-Chair: Mary Glasgow mary.glasgow@children1st.org.uk

Networks

Residential Child Care Chair: John Ryan john.ryan@aberlour.org.uk
Fostering and Adoption Chair: Vivien Thomson vivien.thomson@falkirk.gov.uk
Children's Reviews Derek Yeoman yeomand@angus.gov.uk 
Historic Abuse Gaynor Clarke GClarke@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Subgroup Meetings

Child Protection

When Location Address
01/01/1970
TBC
TBC TBC

Corporate Parenting

When Location Address
20/09/2018
14:00 - 16:00
Waverley Court 4 East Market Street
Edinburgh
EH8 8BG

Early Help / Looked after at home

When Location Address
17/08/2018
13:00 - 15:00
Raploch Campus Raploch Community Campus
Drip Road
Stirling
FK8 1RD
28/09/2018
13:00 - 15:00
Raploch Campus Raploch Community Campus
Drip Road
Stirling
FK8 1RD
09/11/2018
13:00 - 15:00
Raploch Campus Raploch Community Campus
Drip Road
Stirling
FK8 1RD

Practice Network Meetings

Residential Childcare

When Location Address
07/09/2018
11:00 - 14:00
Parklands Hotel The Parklands Hotel
2 St Leonard's Bank
Perth
PH2 8EB
07/12/2018
11:00 - 14:00
Parklands Hotel The Parklands Hotel
2 St Leonard's Bank
Perth
PH2 8EB

Fostering and Adoption

When Location Address
23/08/2018
10:00 - 13:00
Edinburgh City Chambers Edinburgh City Chambers
253 High St
Edinburgh
EH1 1YJ
17/10/2018
10:00 - 13:00
Edinburgh City Chambers Edinburgh City Chambers
253 High St
Edinburgh
EH1 1YJ
06/12/2018
10:00 - 13:00
Edinburgh City Chambers Edinburgh City Chambers
253 High St
Edinburgh
EH1 1YJ

Children's Reviews

When Location Address
14/09/2018
11:00
Waverley Court Waverley Court
4 East Market Street
Edinburgh
EH8 8BG

Historic Abuse

When Location Address
01/08/2018
11:00
Raploch Campus Raploch Community Campus
Drip Road
Stirling
FK8 1RD