Trauma Responsive Social Work Services Expert Advisory Group: minutes: May 2023

Minutes from the meeting of the group on 09 May 2023.

Attendees and apologies

  • individuals providing social work services across Scotland from various practice areas

  • Future Pathways

  • Improvement Service

  • Resilience Learning Partnership

  • Scottish Government (SG)

Items and actions


This was the sixth meeting of the Trauma Responsive Social Work Services (TRSWS) Expert Advisory Group. The purpose of this meeting was to inform the group of what is happening nationally and locally and to seek views of members.

Introductions, welcome and apologies

The meeting began by the Chair noting apologies from members. All members gave brief introductions.

Note of previous meeting and website update

The group approved the meeting note previously by email. SG provided a brief update on progress to update websites and agreed to provide a walkthrough at the next group meeting.

TRSWS update and meet the team

TRSWS Programme Lead provided an update on actions within the Work Plan. The TRSWS Implementation and Learning Team provided further information on their role and previous practice experience.

Local trauma connections

Improvement Service’s National Improvement Lead provided input on the work they are currently involved in supporting local areas, including supporting trauma champions, and highlighting the community of practice.

Social work Advanced Practice Framework (APF)

An SG colleague leading on the Advanced Practice Framework for social work provided context on the reasons why social work needs a framework, and how the APF will help address challenges facing social work.

Updates on local activity

Group members provided updates on work which is progressing in their local areas to embed changes within their social work services.  

Resilience Learning Partnership provided a brief update on their work progressing at a national and local level.

Any other business

TRSWS team will reach out to update membership to include more frontline experience.


  • TRSWS team to provide a website walkthrough at next group meeting
  • TRSWS team to circulate Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) codes of practice consultation
  • TRSWS team to share local connections work from Improvement Service with group
  • TRSWS team to consider future agenda
  • TRSWS team to organise September and January meeting dates to be online


For more information on this group, please visit Trauma Responsive Social Work Services Expert Advisory Group.

For more information on this programme, please visit Trauma Responsive Social Work Services.

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