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Explore Therapeutic Life Story Work as Diploma course launches for 2024

...who shared the significant impact studying for the Diploma has had on their work.   Emma Quinn, social worker at St. Andrew’s Children’s Society said:  “I began the TLSW training in September 2022, and I was relatively new to my role and...


“In a small country where people are well connected, adaptable and aspirational, great changes are possible”

...a victim or witness, interaction with a multitude of statutory services - including the police, social workers, doctors, nurses and other professionals – made the experience even more difficult. In fact, many described the process as...


Integration of Health and Social Care (2017-2018)

...within the council; and 21 where children’s services remain in the local authority. From 2017-18 social work Scotland, in partnership with Children in Scotland and CELCIS, was funded by ihub and the Care Inspectorate to carry out a piece of...


Working for Inclusion (2009-2011)

social work interventions across Scotland

... Magazine / News: Study finds social work interventions vary widely by Scottish local authority Posted 2 March, 2023 by Nina Joynson care Care Review Scottish Government social work Welfare New research...

care Care Review Scottish Government social work Welfare

And so the work begins - teachers reflect on the first week of term

Exploring the research behind Therapeutic Life Story Work

How we can work together to stop child abuse before it starts

...resources for teachers to more effectively prevent abuse before it happens. We provided inputs to social work students and ran webinars for professionals on evidence-based approaches to prevention. And we take what we have learned and turn it into...


Responding to trauma means all of us working together

25 & Up: A workforce to be reckoned with

‘Lessons for a new social settlement’ – publication of reports mark completion of groundbreaking five-year food project
Children communities community familis FFF Food income Inequality partnership Poverty

25 and Up: In the wake of Covid-19, our call to boost family incomes using social security powers is more urgent than ever
25 and Up 25 calls child poverty family family support Inequality Poverty

25 Calls response: Working to make Scotland a nation of Unfearties!

25 Calls response: Starting today: a new vision for how social security can help solve child poverty

25 Calls response: In a time of cuts, job insecurity and social isolation, Scotland must step up to provide consistent, relationship-based support for families

...into distress, more children’s lives seriously damaged and even greater strain on overstretched social work teams. Despite this the traditional source of family support funding, local authorities, are making cuts year on year. Talk to most...

25 calls

Working on matters that are important to me has been so valuable: a week in the life of a research volunteer

25 Calls response: Youth work gives us vital opportunities, independence and access to non-formal education. Let’s protect it

25 Calls interview with Richard Wilkinson part 4: “When a child moves to secondary school, there is a drastic upping of stakes in social comparison”
bullying equality Inequality parenting Parents School

Keeping Children in Scotland’s commitment to The Promise

...of the care system  I have no doubt that this experience helped me become a much better social worker, working across child protection and therapeutic fields for the next seven years. In this role, I continued to work directly with care...


Trustees Week Q&A: Simon Massey

...are very close to my heart having both received counselling myself and delivered therapeutic social work services in the past – I know first-hand the difference it can make.  I wanted to use my skills and knowledge to support a charity...

relationships relationships counselling Simon Massey trustees trustees week

Laying the foundations for Scotland's Barnahus

...working under the GIRFEC model, which includes Joint Investigative Interviews by police and social work. How statutory agencies respond when allegations of harm are made is constantly improving, with recent changes including new standards...


Unlocking UNCRC incorporation: An interview with Juliet Harris

...how will they recognise it if they’re breached? And then those around them – teachers, social workers, politicians, bus drivers – they all need to know that children have rights too. Kaydence: That's so important. I should probably...


National Care Service consultation: Concerns over lack of detail for children’s services and unrealistic timeframe

...key role of the third sector is missed in the consultation documents, and worry the heavy focus on social work and statutory services will only exacerbate the lack of parity between third sector and statutory services. We also question the...

care Healthcare Policy

Have Kitbag, will travel

...confidence in themselves.  Use of Kitbag in school settings, in family support, youth and social work is spreading in Scotland (click here to learn more) and to other parts of the UK. Teachers and pupil support staff notice how it...


Supporting digital engagement and keeping young people connected online

...Family Support and Arts Therapies have also been adapted. These projects provide support from social work and arts therapies students on placement from universities across Scotland, using both online and blended models of support when possible...


“This project has made us all ask how we can support each other and do better”

...difference. It’s got all of us talking. All our services have been cut – health, education, social work – so our frontline workers are really under pressure and really busy. So, you don’t have time within the school / working day to...


25 Calls response: Here’s what’s missing from the debate about how to transform mental health outcomes for children

...happy lives. For care experienced young people that strong relationship can often be with a social worker, throughcare and aftercare worker or residential worker. Yet we know that these workers face increasing workloads, rising stress levels...


25 Calls response: Improving care cannot wait

...have the authority to make. It also showed that when carers do not have decision-making authority, social workers are not always responding in a timely manner to requests that require their input. This is having a direct impact on children who can...


A once in a lifetime experience – what FMQT Next Generation meant to one group of young people

...channel Click here to view Why did you want to get involved? Ivana – "Because my social worker sent my mum a link and it looked cool." Findlay – "I got involved because I really wanted out voices to be heard, to raise awareness...


Relationships are the foundations for change

...saved William’s life. “I first went on the Parenting Matters course to get a tick from the social work. My kids were on the protection register”, he says. “ I soon found other men talking about their feelings and I wanted to break the...


25 Calls response: In parental disputes, let’s support all family members – mums, dads and children

...effort to get to know both parents. Too many don't make any effort at all. A recent conference of social workers heard from a researcher who referred to her experience of “ghost fathers”. By that, she told the audience, “You have to believe...

25 calls

Foster Care Fortnight: foster carers' essential work

...beforehand, and have to be ready to accept the child when they arrive, which may be with a duty social worker or the police. Every foster carer is given full training to ensure they have the right skills to look after children and young people,...

care care experienced people foster care the Promise

Social history project captures LGBTQ+ voices
communities equality LGBT young people

"It's social engineering and it's morally wrong"

STTS: our network

Call 11: We need an economy underpinned by sustainability, innovation and social justice

Call 20: Deliver a workforce that works for children: confident, skilled and values-driven

...skilled and values-driven By Simon Massey and Liz Green Childcare, youth work, teaching, social work, family learning… The children’s sector covers such a range of specialisms and ways of working, it can be a daunting task to...


"Scotland is a nation with a strong social conscience"

Our Trainers & Speakers

...Protection   Beverley is a highly qualified and registered social worker with an extensive 20-year background in Child Protection. Holding a BA (Hons) degree in Social Sciences with a Diploma in social work,...


Investment for new Bairns’ Hoose test sites

...to them up to 14 times, speaking with different people in different settings, including police, social workers, doctors and nurses. Sometimes this happens without a family member or loved present, adding to the trauma of being a victim or...

child-led Children's rights the Promise youth justice

Going hungry

...include The Trussell Trust, Wellbeing Economy Alliance Scotland, One Parent Families Scotland, social work Scotland, Star Project and Families Outside. Click here to read the letter in full Related content Comment We've made progress...

cost of living Education Food food insecurity Poverty

Website launches for care support staff

...young people identified as being ‘high risk’ who are in or have experienced care, as well as social workers, health workers and residential care staff. Phase two then involved developing a framework for transitions, to maintain hope during...

care care experience

Membership Overview

...disciplines and contributes to enabling a collaborative and wholesome approach to our work as the social work leadership organisation in Scotland. We view Children in Scotland as a valued partner in the drive to create the ‘good childhood’ we...


Member directory: full

...Family Base A community-based social work training agency based in Edinburgh. Delivers social, emotional and practical support to Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic individuals,...


Member directory: N-S

...for children aged 0-12 years in Wester Hailes | facebook.com/smilechildcareedinburgh social work Scotland Professional body for social work and social care leaders | socialworkscotland.org South Ayrshire HSPC Provide training and...


Member directory: G-M

...Family Base A community-based social work training agency based in Edinburgh. Delivers social, emotional and practical support to Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic individuals,...


Insight Landing Page

...that I read such publications cover to cover, but I did with this one." - Ben Farrugia, Director, social work Scotland "What a cracking job you’ve done of it! I love the use of illustrations throughout. Brilliant range of topics covered and...


Age of criminal responsibility increased

...Together, Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice, Scottish Children’s Report Administration, social work Scotland and Action for Children, has been established to support the review. Click here to find out more about the Age of Criminal...

age of criminal responsibility children and young people Children's rights UNCRC youth justice

Coercive control in teen relationships is focus of exhibition

...and youth workers front and centre, and then worked across the third sector and public sector social work, education and health to share learning. "By collaboratively working together, we’ve co-designed valuable resources that make real...

art children and young people gender based violence

Child protection

...safer. Click here for more information about abuse and how to report it. Click here for a list of social work departments. If you are concerned that a child is in immediate danger or at risk of immediate harm, then please contact Police Scotland...



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Explore Therapeutic Life Story Work as Diploma course launches for 2024

...who shared the significant impact studying for the Diploma has had on their work.   Emma Quinn, social worker at St. Andrew’s Children’s Society said:  “I began the TLSW training in September 2022, and I was relatively new to my role and...


“In a small country where people are well connected, adaptable and aspirational, great changes are possible”

...a victim or witness, interaction with a multitude of statutory services - including the police, social workers, doctors, nurses and other professionals – made the experience even more difficult. In fact, many described the process as...


And so the work begins - teachers reflect on the first week of term

Exploring the research behind Therapeutic Life Story Work

How we can work together to stop child abuse before it starts

...resources for teachers to more effectively prevent abuse before it happens. We provided inputs to social work students and ran webinars for professionals on evidence-based approaches to prevention. And we take what we have learned and turn it into...


Responding to trauma means all of us working together

25 & Up: A workforce to be reckoned with

‘Lessons for a new social settlement’ – publication of reports mark completion of groundbreaking five-year food project
Children communities community familis FFF Food income Inequality partnership Poverty

25 and Up: In the wake of Covid-19, our call to boost family incomes using social security powers is more urgent than ever
25 and Up 25 calls child poverty family family support Inequality Poverty

25 Calls response: Working to make Scotland a nation of Unfearties!

25 Calls response: Starting today: a new vision for how social security can help solve child poverty

25 Calls response: In a time of cuts, job insecurity and social isolation, Scotland must step up to provide consistent, relationship-based support for families

...into distress, more children’s lives seriously damaged and even greater strain on overstretched social work teams. Despite this the traditional source of family support funding, local authorities, are making cuts year on year. Talk to most...

25 calls

Working on matters that are important to me has been so valuable: a week in the life of a research volunteer

25 Calls response: Youth work gives us vital opportunities, independence and access to non-formal education. Let’s protect it

25 Calls interview with Richard Wilkinson part 4: “When a child moves to secondary school, there is a drastic upping of stakes in social comparison”
bullying equality Inequality parenting Parents School

Keeping Children in Scotland’s commitment to The Promise

...of the care system  I have no doubt that this experience helped me become a much better social worker, working across child protection and therapeutic fields for the next seven years. In this role, I continued to work directly with care...


Trustees Week Q&A: Simon Massey

...are very close to my heart having both received counselling myself and delivered therapeutic social work services in the past – I know first-hand the difference it can make.  I wanted to use my skills and knowledge to support a charity...

relationships relationships counselling Simon Massey trustees trustees week

Laying the foundations for Scotland's Barnahus

...working under the GIRFEC model, which includes Joint Investigative Interviews by police and social work. How statutory agencies respond when allegations of harm are made is constantly improving, with recent changes including new standards...


Unlocking UNCRC incorporation: An interview with Juliet Harris

...how will they recognise it if they’re breached? And then those around them – teachers, social workers, politicians, bus drivers – they all need to know that children have rights too. Kaydence: That's so important. I should probably...


National Care Service consultation: Concerns over lack of detail for children’s services and unrealistic timeframe

...key role of the third sector is missed in the consultation documents, and worry the heavy focus on social work and statutory services will only exacerbate the lack of parity between third sector and statutory services. We also question the...

care Healthcare Policy

Have Kitbag, will travel

...confidence in themselves.  Use of Kitbag in school settings, in family support, youth and social work is spreading in Scotland (click here to learn more) and to other parts of the UK. Teachers and pupil support staff notice how it...


Supporting digital engagement and keeping young people connected online

...Family Support and Arts Therapies have also been adapted. These projects provide support from social work and arts therapies students on placement from universities across Scotland, using both online and blended models of support when possible...


“This project has made us all ask how we can support each other and do better”

...difference. It’s got all of us talking. All our services have been cut – health, education, social work – so our frontline workers are really under pressure and really busy. So, you don’t have time within the school / working day to...


25 Calls response: Here’s what’s missing from the debate about how to transform mental health outcomes for children

...happy lives. For care experienced young people that strong relationship can often be with a social worker, throughcare and aftercare worker or residential worker. Yet we know that these workers face increasing workloads, rising stress levels...


25 Calls response: Improving care cannot wait

...have the authority to make. It also showed that when carers do not have decision-making authority, social workers are not always responding in a timely manner to requests that require their input. This is having a direct impact on children who can...


A once in a lifetime experience – what FMQT Next Generation meant to one group of young people

...channel Click here to view Why did you want to get involved? Ivana – "Because my social worker sent my mum a link and it looked cool." Findlay – "I got involved because I really wanted out voices to be heard, to raise awareness...


Relationships are the foundations for change

...saved William’s life. “I first went on the Parenting Matters course to get a tick from the social work. My kids were on the protection register”, he says. “ I soon found other men talking about their feelings and I wanted to break the...


25 Calls response: In parental disputes, let’s support all family members – mums, dads and children

...effort to get to know both parents. Too many don't make any effort at all. A recent conference of social workers heard from a researcher who referred to her experience of “ghost fathers”. By that, she told the audience, “You have to believe...

25 calls


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Our Trainers & Speakers

...Protection   Beverley is a highly qualified and registered social worker with an extensive 20-year background in Child Protection. Holding a BA (Hons) degree in Social Sciences with a Diploma in social work,...


Membership Overview

...disciplines and contributes to enabling a collaborative and wholesome approach to our work as the social work leadership organisation in Scotland. We view Children in Scotland as a valued partner in the drive to create the ‘good childhood’ we...


Insight Landing Page

...that I read such publications cover to cover, but I did with this one." - Ben Farrugia, Director, social work Scotland "What a cracking job you’ve done of it! I love the use of illustrations throughout. Brilliant range of topics covered and...


Child protection

...safer. Click here for more information about abuse and how to report it. Click here for a list of social work departments. If you are concerned that a child is in immediate danger or at risk of immediate harm, then please contact Police Scotland...



No results found.


No results found.


social work interventions across Scotland
post

... Magazine / News: Study finds social work interventions vary widely by Scottish local authority Posted 2 March, 2023 by Nina Joynson care Care Review Scottish Government social work Welfare New research...

care Care Review Scottish Government social work Welfare

Foster Care Fortnight: foster carers' essential work
post

...beforehand, and have to be ready to accept the child when they arrive, which may be with a duty social worker or the police. Every foster carer is given full training to ensure they have the right skills to look after children and young people,...

care care experienced people foster care the Promise

Social history project captures LGBTQ+ voices
postcommunities equality LGBT young people

"It's social engineering and it's morally wrong"
post
STTS: our network
post
Call 11: We need an economy underpinned by sustainability, innovation and social justice
post
Call 20: Deliver a workforce that works for children: confident, skilled and values-driven
post

...skilled and values-driven By Simon Massey and Liz Green Childcare, youth work, teaching, social work, family learning… The children’s sector covers such a range of specialisms and ways of working, it can be a daunting task to...


"Scotland is a nation with a strong social conscience"
post
Investment for new Bairns’ Hoose test sites
post

...to them up to 14 times, speaking with different people in different settings, including police, social workers, doctors and nurses. Sometimes this happens without a family member or loved present, adding to the trauma of being a victim or...

child-led Children's rights the Promise youth justice

Going hungry
post

...include The Trussell Trust, Wellbeing Economy Alliance Scotland, One Parent Families Scotland, social work Scotland, Star Project and Families Outside. Click here to read the letter in full Related content Comment We've made progress...

cost of living Education Food food insecurity Poverty

Website launches for care support staff
post

...young people identified as being ‘high risk’ who are in or have experienced care, as well as social workers, health workers and residential care staff. Phase two then involved developing a framework for transitions, to maintain hope during...

care care experience

Member directory: full
post

...Family Base A community-based social work training agency based in Edinburgh. Delivers social, emotional and practical support to Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic individuals,...


Member directory: N-S
post

...for children aged 0-12 years in Wester Hailes | facebook.com/smilechildcareedinburgh social work Scotland Professional body for social work and social care leaders | socialworkscotland.org South Ayrshire HSPC Provide training and...


Member directory: G-M
post

...Family Base A community-based social work training agency based in Edinburgh. Delivers social, emotional and practical support to Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic individuals,...


Age of criminal responsibility increased
post

...Together, Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice, Scottish Children’s Report Administration, social work Scotland and Action for Children, has been established to support the review. Click here to find out more about the Age of Criminal...

age of criminal responsibility children and young people Children's rights UNCRC youth justice

Coercive control in teen relationships is focus of exhibition
post

...and youth workers front and centre, and then worked across the third sector and public sector social work, education and health to share learning. "By collaboratively working together, we’ve co-designed valuable resources that make real...

art children and young people gender based violence