Friday, 18 September 2015

Social work networks

"The Association of Directors of Childrens Services (ADCS) held their annual conference at the Midland Hotel in Manchester between 8 - 10 July, 2015."

Their website indicated that
'A Chatham House Plenary Session for all ADCS members will take place from 11am on Thursday 9th July'... ' 
`When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speakers, nor that of any other participant, may be revealed'.

Social Work Scotland: `Our Foundations and Our Future`

"Over recent years, ADSW [Association of Directors of Social Work] has also developed partnerships with other countries in the UK and Europe, leading to shared knowledge, international networks and joint research. "

"These networks have assisted ADSW to make significant contributions to the public sector reform agenda, particularly in the fields of integration of health and social care and in self-directed support, by articulating issues around prevention, care, protection and control, balanced with the right to choose. "

"These relationships have allowed ADSW to play an integral part in the development of the following pieces of legislation and policy, and the practice that has and will flow from them: "

Changing Lives Report from the 21st Century Review of Social Work, published in 2006;

Social Care (Self-Directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013;

Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014;

Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011;

Review of Community Justice in Scotland

Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014;
"Changes in policy have reflected (and in turn influenced) thinking about the purpose of social work and its contribution to society. The policy emphasis in social work has changed from a duty to promote social welfare to an emphasis on well-being, empowering citizens and giving more choice and control to people."
On the contrary, the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 disempowers people and through the Named Person and their SHANARRI wellbeing indicators allows the state greater interference in family life.
We have the ADSW to thank for it.

*Social Work Scotland is now the leadership organisation for the social work profession.

*Note the International Federation of Social Workers European Region`s recent conference in Edinburgh. Who knows what they were plotting?

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