2018 is the 50th anniversary of the Social Work Scotland Act 1968. That’s a birthday worth making a fuss about and we’re celebrating by looking back at the last 50 years to see where we’ve come from and looking forward to the next 50 years to see where we’ll go.

Social Work Scotland has commissioned Prof Brigid Daniel of Queen Margaret University to produce a piece of research looking at our foundations and our future. This research will be published at our conference in June 2018. Following on from that, and to expand on particular areas of interest, we’ve commissioned a further 8 shorter papers from the schools of social work and our membership.

We’ll publish and promote all this work at an event in December.

Prof Brigid Daniel at the 2018 Social Work Scotland Conference

Prof Daniel gave our audience an overview of the project and the journey of social work over the last fifty years. Watch her input here.


50th Anniversary Report

The report summarises the key developments within social work during the past 50 years and reflects on future opportunities and challenges for social work seen through the lens of the 1968 Act. Read it here.

Community social work in Scotland

This report, written by Colin Turbett, was produced with the support of Social Work Scotland, IRISS and SASW.

The report is a critical history of community social work in Scotland, fifty years after the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968.

Read it here.