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

WhenLocationAddress
13/09/2019
11am - 3pm
Raeburn RoomMansfield Traquair Centre
15 Mansfield Place
Edinburgh EH3 6BB
11/10/2019
11am - 4pm
Room 5Raploch Community Campus
Drip Road
Stirling
FK8 1RD
22/11/2019
11am - 4pm
Room 5Raploch Community Campus
Drip Road
Stirling
FK8 1RD

Subgroup Meetings

Child Protection Subgroup

chair
:
Andy Jeffries
|
Andrew.Jeffries@edinburgh.gov.uk

Meetings

WhenLocationAddress
08/11/2019
1.30pm - 3.30pm
Room 2Raploch Community Campus
Drip Road
Stirling
FK8 1RD

Corporate Parenting Subgroup

chair
:
Vivien Thomson
|
vivien.thomson@falkirk.gov.uk
chair
:
Scott Dunbar
|
scott.dunbar@edinburgh.gov.uk
chair
:
Jo Derrick
|
jo.derrick@thefca.co.uk

Meetings

WhenLocationAddress
01/01/1970
TBC
TBCTBC

Early Help / Looked After at Home

coChair
:
John Trainer
|
john.trainer@renfrewshire.gov.uk
coChair
:
Mary Glasgow
|
mary.glasgow@children1st.org.uk

Meetings

WhenLocationAddress
01/01/1970
TBC
TBCTBC

Practice Network Meetings

Residential Childcare

chair
:
John Ryan
|
john.ryan@aberlour.org.uk

Meetings

WhenLocationAddress
06/12/2019
11am - 3.30pm
Parklands HotelThe Parklands Hotel
2 St Leonard's Bank
Perth
PH2 8EB

Fostering and Adoption

chair
:
Vivien Thomson
|
vivien.thomson@falkirk.gov.uk

Meetings

WhenLocationAddress
23/10/2019
10:00 - 13:00
Edinburgh City ChambersEdinburgh City Chambers
253 High St
Edinburgh
EH1 1YJ
05/12/2019
10:00 - 13:00
Edinburgh City ChambersEdinburgh City Chambers
253 High St
Edinburgh
EH1 1YJ

Children's Reviews

chair
:
Derek Yeoman
|
yeomand@angus.gov.uk 

Meetings

WhenLocationAddress

Historic Abuse

chair
:
Gaynor Clarke
|
GClarke@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Meetings

WhenLocationAddress
19/11/2019
2pm - 4pm
Raploch Community Campus, Drip Road, StirlingRaploch Community Campus
Drip Road
Stirling
FK8 1RD