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Social Work Scotland, based in Edinburgh, is the professional body for social work and social care leaders in Scotland. It provides an infrastructure through which the expertise of senior and operational managers can inform national debates about children and families, criminal justice, adult social care and public service reform. Social Work Scotland works to ensure that the unique role and contribution of social work is widely understood and reflected in policy and legislation.

Areas of Intervention

  • Children and young people
  • Children at risk of social exclusion
  • Homeless
  • Older people
  • People with addiction
  • People with physical disabilities
  • People with mental disabilities
  • Mental health
  • Public Health
  • Social justice
  • People who are socially vulnerable
  • People in situations of difficulty or precarity
  • Victims of domestic abuse
  • Gender equality
  • Counteracting and supporting victims of gender-based violence
  • Migrants + Asylum
  • Social Integration
  • Beneficiaries of minimum income
  • Poverty
  • Recipients of care
  • Foster care / Kinship care / Children’s residential care
  • Child Protection

Responsibilities/ Services

  • Transformation of care models
  • Promotion of systemic change
  • Role of the social worker
  • Integration of technological tools
  • Issuing of guidelines and policies for the district’s councils
  • Capacity building and training
  • Professional training
  • Maintaining networks for managers and social workers
  • Research/ identifying and monitoring of social problems
  • Representing and defending interests of their members
Social Work Scotland