Leading the Profession?

Social Work Scotland is pleased to see social workers’ unique skills and value acknowledged, and we believe social workers are indeed well equipped to undertake the role. However, we oppose the amendment on the grounds that children’s interests will be best served by ensuring courts can access a broad pool of Child Welfare Reporters, reflecting a mix of professional backgrounds, each of whom is properly equipped to undertake this sensitive, complex and critically important task.

Kathryn Lindsay
Convener, Social Work Scotland

On the eve of the stage 3 debate on the Children (Scotland) Bill, Social Work Scotland (formerly known as the Association of Directors of Social Work), sent MSPs a quite extraordinary letter from which the quote above is taken:

There will be further analysis of the contents of this letter on this site in the coming days, but its content clearly reflects the Minister’s position to a quite remarkable extent. You may recall from an earlier post that Social Work Scotland received £839,949.72 in funding from the Scottish Government in 2019-20.

In any event, this letter proved very influential on the day of the debate when it was cited no less than six times:

Social Work Scotland provided a considered submission yesterday, in which it says that it opposes amendment 40. I find that particularly persuasive, not least given its point that no detailed analysis has been done to ascertain whether the proposal is viable. On that basis, we will vote against the amendment.

Liam Kerr

The amendment is not supported by Social Work Scotland …

Rona Mackay

I place particular weight on the submission that we received yesterday from Social Work Scotland, which opposes amendment 40. I do not think that the amendment is helpful.

James Kelly

It is telling that Social Work Scotland has said that it does not agree with the amendment.

Fulton MacGregor

However, I have to note that, given the positions taken by Social Work Scotland and the Scottish Association of Social Work, it appears that there is a disagreement between those two elements of the same sector.

Liam McArthur

I commend the social work representatives for coming forward, as that is what those in a workplace-representative body should do, and Social Work Scotland’s position is perhaps disappointing.

John Finnie

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