Chief Social Work Officer Committee (CSWO)

The Chief Social Work Officer (CSWO) role fulfils a key leadership role within social work, and this group is supported by Social Work Scotland.

We host the committee, which supports CSWOs in their statutory roles within local authorities.

All Chief Social Work Officers are automatically members of this committee. The meetings are jointly run with the Office of the Chief Social Work Adviser from the Scottish Government. They run from 9.30 until 12, with a private session for CSWOs followed by a joint session with the Scottish government.

The objectives of the committee are to:

  • Provide a peer support network for CSWO
  • Provide a forum to consider issues that impact professional social work practice and issues
    which are within the remit of the CSWO.
  • Receive items for comment and discussion from other Social Work Scotland groups.

This committee is not a decision making forum of Social Work Scotland. It can make recommendations to the Board, and it can decide a position on a matter that CSWOs may decide to adopt.

This committee is chaired by the Convener of Social Work Scotland and is supported by the Director of Social Work Scotland.

Standing Committee

John Trainer


Subgroup Meetings

Highlands & Islands Subgroup

Chief Social Work Officer Qualification

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has worked with universities and other stakeholders to develop a qualification for Chief Social Work Officers (CSWO).

The CSWO postgraduate diploma will be delivered by Glasgow Caledonian University, working in partnership with the University of Dundee. It has been approved by the SSSC. The qualification is tailored to the learning needs of CSWOs and will offer candidates:

  • a flexible, work-based, part time programme, encouraging a synthesis of current knowledge and skills with exciting new learning.
  • the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge.
  • a chance to have their existing skills and abilities recognised and accredited.

It is aimed specifically at those currently in the CSWO role or who aspire to the role.

The new qualification is underpinned by the Standard for Chief Social Work Officers and will attract 120 credits at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) level 11. Beyond the postgraduate diploma, there is also an option to proceed to a Masters degree.

Further information from the course providers is available here.