Social Work Services Strategic Forum


This group is no longer active. It was formed in 2013 and concluded its work in 2020.

The group was set up in late 2013 as a partnership forum of key stakeholders from across the social services sector. It published Social Services in Scotland: a shared vision and strategy 2015-2020 in March 2015.

The group has since published a progress report summarising what work is under way to implement the strategy. That work is grouped into four workstrands:

1. Supporting the workforce

2. Understanding service quality and performance

3. Improving use of evidence

4. Promoting public understanding


  • Chair: Scottish Government – Minister for Childcare and Early Years
  • Scottish Government – Chief Social Work Adviser
  • Scottish Social Services Council – Chief Executive
  • Care Inspectorate – Chief Executive
  • Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) – Director
  • Social Work Scotland (SWS) – President
  • Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) – Senior Officer
  • Representative of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE)
  • Scottish Care – Chief Executive
  • Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS) – Chief Executive
  • Representative of Higher Education Institutions which deliver social work education
  • Practitioner representation at a minimum through UNISON and the Scottish Association of Social Workers
  • SG Directors/Deputy Directors – Integration, Children and Families, Justice, Joint Improvement Team, Health Workforce, Local Government.


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