18th June 2019

Key conference themes

The 2014 annual conference focused on the key themes of co-production and leadership in the light of the hugely significant year ahead for Social Work services.

In April 2014 the Social Care (Self-Directed Support) Act comes into effect, giving people more control over the services they receive and the way they receive them. This year we will also be preparing for the integration of health and social care and extending care services for young people, we will be doing this in a context of reduced budgets as well as the full impact of welfare reform. Not forgetting the run up to the independence referendum.

The conference was entitled ‘Social Work Services: With People, By People For People’. to reflect that in amongst this truly unprecedented time in Scotland we do not forget what we are all here to do – improve the lives of people.

Key speakers

*The Street, Regen:fx Youth Trust/South Lanarkshire Council
*Mike Russell, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Scottish Government
Professor Bill Whyte, Professor of Social Work Studies in Criminal and Youth Justice, Edinburgh University
*Martin Johnstone, Chief Executive Faith Community Scotland
*James Docherty, Learning Navigator, Violence Reduction Unit, Police Scotland
Sergeant Keith Jack, Violence Reduction Unit, Police Scotland
Professor Scott A. Snook, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School
Professor Jon Glasby, Birmingham University
Annette Bruton, Chief Executive, Care Inspectorate
*Fiona McKenzie, Chief Executive Officer, Centrestage Communities
*Pete White, National Co-ordinator, Positive Prisons? Positive Futures
David Brindle, Public Services Editor, The Guardian

* These speakers did not use a Power Point presentation.