Social Work Services Strategic Forum


This group is no longer active.


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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