On the 11th of November 2021, the first ever Cross-Party Group on Social Work received formal recognition by the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee of the Scottish Parliament.

SASW provides the secretariat to the group, which is convened by Fulton MacGregor, an SNP MSP and registered social worker who practiced in justice before his election in 2016. Co-vice convening are Jeremy Balfour, a Conservative and Unionist Party MSP who lives with a physical disability and has lived experience of social work services, and Paul O’Kane, MSP, a former councillor and charity worker who is married to a social worker. The purpose of the group is to promote understanding of the complexities of the social work profession, bring together its voice and positively raise its profile. Securing sponsorship of the group was one of SASW’s key Manifesto Asks in the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary elections.

If you are interested in joining the CPG, either as a member or an observer, contact cpgsocialwork@basw.co.uk 

Meetings of the CPG

The first ever meeting of the CPG took place on Wednesday 19th January. The group discussed "Perspectives of Social Work". The full minutes of the meeting are available to read on the Scottish Parliament website. A flash report of the meeting was also circulated to all MSPs. You can read the flash report here.

Upcoming Meeting Dates 

27th April 2022     6pm - 7.45pm     MS Teams 

"Access to Care and Support"

This meeting will bring opportunity to hear directly from people with experience of using and delivering social work services. There will be time for questions, debate and discussion. 

Contact cpgsocialwork@basw.co.uk to register