Our congratulations to Fraser McKinlay, who is to take up the critical role of Chief Executive at the Promise Scotland. Fraser’s background at Audit Scotland, and his existing association with the Promise Scotland, will stand him in good stead to hit the ground running, helping to navigate the team through what’s likely to be a peculiarly tricky time ahead, with substantive reform of children’s social work and social care precipitated by the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill, and local children’s services rocked by the cost of living crisis.
We also offer our congratulations to the newly appointed Non-Executive Directors of The Promise Scotland. We hope to see them provide constructive challenge and robust, independent governance, supporting the team to identify the most effective ways to transform children’s services at scale and with sustainability. As the membership organisation for Scotland’s social work leaders, we will continue to articulate the challenges faced by the people working at the frontline with children and families, and we look forward to working with Fraser, the team and the new Board to ensure children and families have access to the support they need, when they need it, for as long as they need it.