Five year plan to overhaul social services

Five year plan to overhaul social services


The actions needed to deliver social work services that meet the needs of the 21st century have been set out in a five year plan published by the Scottish Executive.

Nearly 100 actions for the Executive, service providers and professionals are detailed in the Changing Lives Implementation plan, which will be backed by £15 million over the first two years. Further funding will follow in the subsequent three years.

The plan will deliver the vision set out in Changing Lives, the 21st Century Review of Social Work, which was published earlier this year.

The plan was announced on Wednesday by Education Minister Peter Peacock, who said the Executive had a major test in bringing about lasting change to social work services following the conclusion of the recent review of social work.

‘We have an obligation to change how social work operates. This plan will ensure that those with vision, ideas and commitment to develop services have the support to deliver that real and lasting change.

‘To make this work, everyone working across the range of public, voluntary and private services needs to play their part. The people working on the ground are the experts. The implementation plan, like the social work review, will be delivered in a collaborative and participative way.”

The £15 million will available for the first two years – £4 million this year, rising to £11 million next year. This is a strategic change fund which will be used to make change happen. For example, it will be used to test out new approaches to service delivery and develop the capabilities of the workforce.

Changing Lives will be delivered through five change programmes which will be led by professionals from the statutory and voluntary sectors. The Executive says it hopes the programmes will turn the aspirations of Changing Lives into concrete actions.

Source: Scottish Executive