Today, on World Social Work Day (17 March 2015), the Scottish Government launched Scotland’s vision and strategy for social services for the next five years.
The shared vision and strategy has been developed by a wide range of individuals and organisations, including the SSSC, involved in and committed to high quality, strong and effective social services in Scotland.
Welcoming the launch of the Scottish Social Services Vision and Strategy today Anna Fowlie, SSSC Chief Executive said:
“This is an exciting day for everyone involved in social services in Scotland. As a partner in the development of the strategy, I am really looking forward to seeing Scotland’s ambition for social services unfold over the next few years. The SSSC has a major role to play: skilled, trusted people working in services from nurseries and residential child care services to care at home and social work are at the heart of improved outcomes for our citizens and communities. We will continue to work with workers, with employers, with educators and with people who use services and carers to raise standards of practice and strengthen and support the workforce.”
In her blog post today, Fiona McLeod MSP, Minister for Children and Young People said:
“I am delighted to be launching a new Vision and Strategy for Social Services in Scotland today. The strategy has been developed by the Social Work Services Strategic Forum which I chair, and whose membership includes Social Work Scotland, the Scottish Social Services Council, Cosla, the Care Inspectorate, the Coalition of Care Providers Scotland, Scottish Care, Scottish Association of Social Workers (SASW), SOLACE, UNISON, social work academics and the Scottish Government.
The vision is for “a socially just Scotland with excellent social services delivered by a skilled and valued workforce which works with others to empower, support and protect people, with a focus on prevention, early intervention and enablement.” The strategy represents a strong commitment to working in partnership across organisations and with government to deliver this vision for high quality and effective social services. It is also supportive of the Government policy on having in place a social services workforce which is competent, confident and valued.”
Read the full blog post here