Children and Young People (Scotland)

  • Prevention is better than cure – supporting social workers in developing early effective intervention
  • Issues relating to Children’s Hearings – particularly in the journey through the implementation of the Children’s Hearing (Scotland) Act 2011
  • Responding to Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government consultations and policy developments in work with children and young people
  • Supporting members in SCRs and other related inquiries

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SASW pledges support to care system review

SASW has pledged to support the “root and branch” review of Scotland’s care system announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the weekend.

18th October 2016

SASW seeks members’ views on registration fee hike

SASW is seeking members’ views on proposed changes to fees paid by registrants of the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

3rd October 2016

Adoption Enquiry calls for evidence - extended deadline

BASW is calling for evidence from young people who have been adopted, parents, social workers, managers, family justice professionals, policymakers and academics to underpin a year-long research study on the role of the social worker in adoption.

19th September 2016

SASW: Partnership approach need to safeguard human rights following Named Persons appeal

As the Supreme Court in London allows an appeal brought by opponents of the Scottish Government’s controversial ‘Named Persons’ scheme, the Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW) has said a partnership approach is needed to safeguard the rights of children and families.

28th July 2016

BASW calls for evidence on the role of the social worker in adoption

BASW is calling for evidence from young people who have been adopted, parents, social workers, managers, family justice professionals, policymakers and academics to underpin a year-long research study on the role of the social worker in adoption.

4th May 2016

Social workers are honoured at the SASW awards

The outstanding achievement of social workers in Scotland was recognised when Children and Young People Minister Aileen Campbell presented the SASW Social Work Awards on Tuesday.

16th March 2016

SASW: Voice of social workers and families key to Child Protection Review

SASW has welcomed a comprehensive review of the child protection system in Scotland but says it must take heed of the ‘lived experience’ of the system from social workers and families.

26th February 2016

Child protection: Social workers ask, ‘have parents become the enemy?’

In a unique collaboration, The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and Making Research Count (MRC) and the Faculties of the former College of Social Work are hosting US social worker David Tobis, author of From Pariahs to Partners: How Parents and Their Allies Changed New York City's Child Welfare System.

16th February 2016

BASW: Social workers should allow parents to record conversations

As family court transparency charity the Transparency Project today publishes guidance about the recording of social workers by parents where there is local authority involvement, BASW Vice Chair Maggie Mellon said social workers should allow such recording and be happy to put their practice “on the record”.

17th December 2015

SASW comment on Declan Hainey FAI

SASW comment on Fatal Accident Inquiry Declan Hainey

5th September 2014

World Social Work Day 2014: Why Martin Narey is wrong to dismiss social justice

Social Worker Ruth Stark, former SASW manager, BASW member and member of the IFSW Human Rights Commission, gives her response to Martin Narey's review of social work education.

18th March 2014

Politicians and campaigners seize on Scottish poverty projections

The Scottish Government has launched a poverty-tackling strategy on the back of a Child Poverty Action Group report that 50,000-100,000 more children could end up below the breadline by 2020 as a consequence of UK tax and benefit policies.

11th March 2014

BLOG: SCRA statistics – Social workers remain the key players in continuous assessment of risk

As the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (SCRA) publishes its annual report and statistics, SASW Manager Trisha Hall assesses what the findings say about social work.

6th November 2013

SASW: Dawn McKenzie SCR shows social workers need to be given time to use their skills

As a Significant Case Review into the murder of Glasgow foster carer Dawn McKenzie is published, the Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW – part of BASW) stressed the need for social workers to be given time and support to use their skills.

2nd October 2013

Orkney case illustrates the long term impact of childhood sexual abuse, say SASW

A recent BBC interview in which "Esther W", a member of the "W" family at the centre of the 1991 Orkney abuse scandal said she blames herself for not revealing the identity of her abuser shows the lasting impact of childhood abuse, The Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW) has said.

6th September 2013

Lord Justice Munby Ruling: Public need to know more about the reality of child protection but this is not the way

A landmark legal ruling allowing a father to publish a video online of social workers and police removing his child under an emergency protection order has prompted the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) to express serious concern about the judgement’s implications for social work professionals and care proceedings.

6th September 2013

Scotland’s children’s minister uses SASW event to attack welfare reforms

Scotland’s children’s minister Aileen Campbell used the Scottish Association of Social Work’s (SASW’s) annual awards event to call on Prime Minister David Cameron to rethink welfare reforms, which she said will unfairly impact upon the most vulnerable. Speaking at the SASW Awards in Edinburgh on World Social Work Day yesterday, she warned there was a lot of “heartache” ahead.

20th March 2013

Sue Kent - Tracing birth families on Facebook can have a devastating impact

Writing for the Guardian Social Care Network, BASW professional officer Sue Kent examines how Facebook is increasingly being used for unplanned communication between adoptive and birth families.

13th February 2013

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