10th December 2019

Thank you for coming to our first Reviewing Officer conference!

Read the programme here. (pdf)

The conference was opened by the Chair of the Social Work Scotland Reviewing Officers Network, Derek Yeoman, and he welcomed Convenor of Social Work Scotland Kathryn Lindsay to give opening remarks.

Sharon Martin, chair of the National Independent Reviewing Officers Management Partnership (NIROMP) gave a keynote speech describing practice in England, and considering areas of shared insight with Scotland. This was followed by a Q&A session.

Delegates then received updates from Michael Stewart, Implementation Manager for the Independent Care Review, and James Cox (Scottish Government/Social Work Scotland) on the updating of Child Protection Guidance.

Before breaking for lunch, Stirling Care Leavers group then ran a role-playing session giving their perspective on the reviewing process.

During lunch, we filmed a short session of key people talking about the conference’s profile. Featured are Ben Farrugia, Director of Social Work Scotland, Sharon Martin, Chair of NIROMP, Derek Yeoman, Chair of the Social Work Scotland National RO network, and Aileen Nicol, Head of Improving Protection and Permanence at CELCIS.

The afternoon session was a facilitated table session, looking at a range of materials and discussion options for a more consistent RO practice, and improving outcomes for children across Scotland.