The first students to graduate with the new postgraduate qualification for Chief Social Work Officers (CSWO) took to the stage at the Glasgow Caledonian University Graduation Ceremony earlier this month.
SSSC Chief Executive, Anna Fowlie congratulated the graduates saying:
‘The role of the Chief Social Work Officer in local authorities is crucial to maintaining high standards across social services. It is a complex role that needs up to date skills and knowledge. I’m delighted that chief social workers are being recognised and accredited in this way and it has been a good example of the partnership between academia, the regulator and the profession. I’d like to offer my congratulations to all of this first cohort who have led the way.’
The CSWO postgraduate diploma, approved by the SSSC, is delivered by Glasgow Caledonian University, in partnership with the University of Dundee.
Developed in close consultation with CSWOs and other key stakeholders, the qualification is tailored to the learning needs of CSWOs and offers candidates:
- a flexible, work-based, part time programme, encouraging a synthesis of current knowledge and skills with exciting new learning
- the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge
- a chance to have their existing skills and abilities recognised and accredited.
The qualification is for those currently in the CSWO role or who aspire to the role.
The new qualification is underpinned by the Standard for Chief Social Work Officers and attracts 120 credits at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) level 11.
Beyond the postgraduate diploma, there is also an option to proceed to a Masters.
Find out more about the difference the CSWO qualification is making by watching our video featuring CSWOs Kathryn Lindsay, Angus Council and Susan Taylor, East Ayrshire Council.