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Training local people for life changing work | SSSC News

Training local people for life changing work | SSSC News | Social services news | Scoop.it
Dundee based employment and training charity Craigowl Communities will soon relaunch two of its popular job training programmes to help young people secure employment with some of the city’s top employers.
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Social security and in-work poverty to be investigated by a Holyrood Committee - News & Parliament TV :  Scottish Parliament

Social security and in-work poverty to be investigated by a Holyrood Committee - News & Parliament TV :  Scottish Parliament | Social services news | Scoop.it
18.06.2018 The social security benefits available to people who are in-work but struggling on low incomes is to be the focus of an inquiry by the Social Security Committee. MSPs want to understand if our social security systems are doing enough to help people get out of poverty. To inform its work in this area, the Committee is keen to better understand the potential impact that the roll-out of Universal Credit is having on in-work poverty. This will include looking at the design of Universal Credit with specific focus on issues relating to in-work claimants such as in-work conditionality and treatment of surplus earnings. The Committee will also look at the reasons for increasing demand for support from food banks. Clare Adamson MSP, Convener of the Social Security Committee said: “People in work should reasonably expect to earn enough to make ends meet. It is, however, a sad fact that there are people in Scotland who are working hard and still not earning enough. Our social security system should support people and has a role to play in addressing poverty and we want to understand what is happening in our communities. “We already know that there has been a marked rise in food bank usage. We want to understand more about what is driving this in Scotland and what opportunities exist within Scotland’s social security powers that may help to address in-work poverty.” The Committee has today asked for views on the following • What impact will Universal Credit have on in-work poverty in Scotland? • What is the experience so far in full-service areas in Scotland for those who are in work who are moving or have moved on to Universal Credit? • What is known about those experiencing in-work poverty in Scotland who do not claim or are not eligible for Universal Credit? • What can or should the Scottish Government do to mitigate any detrimental impact? Background Views are sought by 23 August. The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body securely processes journalists’ data for the purpose of enabling reporting on the work of the Scottish Parliament, in line with current data protection requirements. You have the right to unsubscribe at any time. For further information, please see our Privacy Notice.
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Care Appointments | New learning resources to support early learning and childcare workforce in Scotland

The Scottish Social services Council (SSSC) has launched new learning resources to support early lea...
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We Care campaign | Scotland | Royal College of Nursing

We Care campaign | Scotland | Royal College of Nursing | Social services news | Scoop.it
Valuing health care support workers in our 'We Care' campaign.
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Social workers must reject role of agents of state and stand up for ethical practice

Social workers must reject role of agents of state and stand up for ethical practice | Social services news | Scoop.it
Activists who attended Sunday’s lunchtime fringe meeting “Social work against the state attack on asylum and refuge” heard powerful presentations on the need to support our members in social work to practice ethically when it comes to refugees and asylum seekers.
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Promoting Excellence in dementia care - Scottish Social Services Council

Promoting Excellence in dementia care - Scottish Social Services Council | Social services news | Scoop.it
Find out about Promoting Excellence for dementia.
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Public suspicious of moves to join up health and care services | Melanie Henwood | Social Care Network | The Guardian

Public suspicious of moves to join up health and care services | Melanie Henwood | Social Care Network | The Guardian | Social services news | Scoop.it
New integrated care models hampered by poor communication and an ‘acronym spaghetti’ of terms, report finds...
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Reflections on the 18th International Conference of Integrated Care (ICIC)

Reflections on the 18th International Conference of Integrated Care (ICIC) | Social services news | Scoop.it
I’ve just returned from representing the ALISS Programme and the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) at the18th International Conference of Integrated Care in Utrecht, which brought together researchers, clinicians and managers from around the world who are engaged in the design...
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Connecting people, connecting services

Here we present the work that has been undertaken, including resources and the evidence-base for the contribution of AHPs. Connecting People, Connecting Support Developed through collaborative working with the Scottish Government, the allied health professional community and the experiences of people living with dementia,  framework features as one of the key commitments outlined in Scotland’s third national dementia strategy (2017-2020). It will be implemented by Alzheimer Scotland’s national AHP Consultant in tandem with the newly formed Alzheimer Scotland AHP Dementia Forum and other key stakeholders. AHP Poster Presentation At the ALzheimer Europe conference 2017 in Berlin, Elaine Hunter presented the Connecting People, Connecting Support work.  The poster can be view by clicking this link Evidence base for Connecting People, Connection Support Conversations with people with dementia and their families   1. Let’s Talk About Dementia - June 2014 The Let's Talk About Dementia blog, hosted and supported by Alzheimer Scotland, and led by AHP colleagues was set up following Scotland’s Dementia Awareness Week (June 2014). The blog shares the work and practice of AHPs in relation to dementia care. It will offer advice for people living with dementia, their carers, partners and families, as well as for health and social care professionals. Let's Talk About Dementia Blog -   As part of this, AHP Blog card to advertise the blog and the thoughts and contributions of the group were recorded. 2. Connecting people through conversation and inquiry - August 2015 To help inform the Commitment 4 work, us do this we invited people living with dementia and their families to share their thoughts with AHPs to inform the future work of AHPs in Scotland’s dementia care.  Connecting People Through Conversations 3. Dementia Awareness Week - June 2015 4. This is me/What's important to me - October 2015 As part of this work, in October 2015, a vlog called “This is Me” by Henry Rankin, Chair of the Scottish Dementia Working Group, was published. Further details are available here.  Collaboration with health and social care staff 5. Alzheimer Scotland AHP Dementia expert group- linked to the community of practice - 2013 (ongoing): 6. National Engagement - Events and Films The films .  Supporting people with dementia: A Supported self-management master class with Dr Claire Craig 15 March 2011. Actions on Dementia : Dr Laura Gitlin’s keynote address on nonpharmacological interventions 31 July 2012. Communicating and Making Connections in Dementia for over 200 occupational therapy students 8 October 2013. Working with people living with dementia Contribution of occupational therapy  14 May 2014. Connecting people, connecting support A one day conversation celebrating the best in Supported Self-Management for people with dementia and co-creating the future direction 22 September 2014. Connecting people, connecting support Home Based Memory Rehabilitation 12 May 2016. 7. Three national AHP publications developed 2014  These publications highlight work carried out by AHPs in delivering improvement for people living with dementia and those who care for them, in different settings and environments. Allied Health Professionals Dementia Champions: Agents of Change - features practice examples provided by some of the AHP Dementia Champions. Allied Health Professionals Delivering Post-Diagnostic Support: Living Well with Dementia – features the role AHPs can play in post diagnostic support and includes best practice examples.  –  features the vital role of AHPs in delivering of integrated care, support and treatment for people with dementia. In addition, a shorter AHP Leaflet was also published. 8. Higher education institutions & AHP Professional Bodies Alzheimer Scotland and Queen Margaret University, with the involvement of SDWG and NDCAN, have developed an AHP MSc. module: “Developing Rights-Based Practice for AHP’s working with People Living with Dementia, their Families and Carers” beginning on 27 September 2016. Information on the course content can be found in the MSc AHP Module leaflet.. For more information, please contact Elaine Hunter, National AHP Consultant. Information on the Alzheimer Scotland AHP practice placement and intern programme can be found in our Building Bridges document. A summary of the programme can be found in this poster presentation.  Evidence from research and evaluations 9. Evaluation of AHP Dementia Consultants An executive summary of this report can be found here. 10. Scoping of AHP contribution to post diagnostic support 2015 A poster presentation summarising this can be found here. For more information, please contact Elaine Hunter, National AHP Consultant. 11. Stocktake on the accredited Tailored Activity Programme (TAP) 2015 For more information, please contact Elaine Hunter, National AHP Consultant. 12. Two systematic reviews
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Care Appointments | Life-changing work in Scotland's social services recognised at awards in Edinburgh

Care Appointments | Life-changing work in Scotland's social services recognised at awards in Edinburgh | Social services news | Scoop.it
Scotland’s social services have been honoured for their outstanding commitment to improving the live...
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Pilotlight - Self-directed support

Pilotlight - Self-directed support | Social services news | Scoop.it
Pilotlight worked with co-design teams of people who use and deliver services across Scotland to design pathways to self-directed support.
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PE01692: Inquiry into the human rights impact of GIRFEC policy and data processing - Getting Involved : Scottish Parliament

I think this a step too far Carole withers 21:00 on 04 Jun 2018 It is so wrong on every level , Parents are meant to bring up their children not governments . Just who do they think they are !!!!! Denise Smith 20:20 on 04 Jun 2018 When GIRFEC was first introduced, different people were claiming themselves as named person. A health visitor, GP and nursery head all claimed to be the point of contact. It was total chaos for our family! We were voluntarily involved with Social Services as we needed support and all they did was make us out to be bad parents and interfered in our lives (they later had to apologise and compensate us). We had a health visitor who said she was named person and made comments like "Why is your son wearing odd socks?". Suffice to say they were never allowed into our lives ever again. Ruth Jennings 21:26 on 03 Jun 2018 ..informed choice... when parents and families have their human rights removed by a gov then we will demand an inquiry why..37yrs in nhs practised as mho and a named person.. you ignorance and arrogance towards families has not only broke families but cause distress and harm donna close 14:33 on 31 May 2018 horrendous idea. Smacks of big brother control. KATHLEEN STUART 15:18 on 30 May 2018 It has been made abundantly clear to the people of Scotland that they are being herded into a global, communitarian dictatorship, facilitated by the EU, and our Dear Leaders are prepared to ride roughshod over privacy and family life for the purpose of control. We do not consent. Janet McArthur 19:08 on 25 May 2018 This ilaw is only required for children at risk but on the whole parentts know best ANN ELSBY 8:18 on 24 May 2018 What were they thinking when they drempt this one up? A named person -an agent appointed by the state- who can access any information that they think -might be relevant- on not only the child but all associated adults ? Are they having a laugh? That effectively means that my medical or financial info can be accessed by a school teacher for no lawful reason. In any other civilized society this would be regarded as totalitarian and a massive breach of privacy . But in Scotland its seen as making the country the - best place in the world to grow up - As compared to what communist China, Iran or maybe North Korea? It is outrageous for any country that considers itself a liberal democracy that respects human rights to even contemplate anything like this. There now has to be a full public inquiry into this entire scheme including who drempt it up and who will benefit from it financially. If the govt have nothing to hide then they should have nothing to fear .. Should they ? Ian Wallace . 17:00 on 22 May 2018 What i find staggering about this whole girfec-named person scheme is the govt are simply not listening to anyone but the charities who support this act. And to think its cost us "the taxpayers" more £61 million so far (not counting the legal costs). In these times of austerity this in itself is a criminal waste of public money on an unlawful scheme that has been thoroughly discredited with ordinary families . There must be a full independent public inquiry. We want to know .... who's idea it was . Where has all the money gone. Why the govt are still allowing local councils to breach the law inspite of the supreme court judgement . And also the Scottish ICO in allowing councils to breach the DPA when they have no authority to do so. We parents have no confidence in the govt and we demand a full public inquiry. Kevin Little 13:42 on 22 May 2018 This is Stalinist policy and completely unacceptable Thomas A Magill 12:18 on 22 May 2018 < Prev  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  ...  Next >
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Focus on Dementia Networks

Networks Welcome to the Focus on Dementia Networks Page Networks are increasingly being used in health and social care to connect staff working in a specific area of practice. Focus on Dementia, in conjunction with NHS Education for Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland have developed two dementia networks. Specialist Dementia Units Learning and Improvement Network. For staff working in the 92 Specialist Dementia Units in Scotland. Post Diagnosis Support Network. For dementia link workers and other staff providing post diagnosis support. The networks combine online forums for discussion and easy to find information resources with opportunities for face to face meetings. Networks help build a community of staff with a common purpose and expert knowledge who can connect with each other. The aim is to support networking, information exchange, learning and improvement.  There has been high engagement in our network activity.  To date, 257 staff have signed up to our distribution list and 60 yammer members.  We have held 6 regional launch events, one national event for specialist dementia unit staff and 2 workshops for post diagnostic support practitioners. Networks can only flourish with the participation of members so please get involved!
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Economic Value of Adult Social Care in Scotland 6/6/18 Social services are often considered a burden on local authorities’ resources however the findings of a newly published report show that the sector, with an estimated Gross Value Added (GVA) of £3.4 billion, is in fact a major contributor to the Scottish economy. These findings of the sectors’ significant contribution to the economy are mirrored in the UK Report; adult social care employers contribute £49 billion to the UK economy. Skills for Care and Development (SfCD)  commissioned a report to provide robust estimates of the economic value of the adult social care sector in the UK as well as for each individual nation. SfCD is the UK sector skills council for social services. It has a partner in each nation of the UK; in Scotland this is the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). The main findings from Scotland are: The direct economic impact is £2.2 billion This increases to £3.4 billion with indirect (intermediate goods and services purchased) and induced impact (purchases made by those employed) of the sector 148, 000 people employed in adult social care making it the 8th biggest employer with 6% of the national workforce Voluntary sector is the second biggest employer with 43, 400 workers Level of productivity in the workforce is higher than all the other nations Average earnings of £18,400 in Scotland is higher than elsewhere Number of full time equivalent jobs in adult social care per head of population is higher in Scotland than the other nations. The report provides a welcome evidence base for what many in the voluntary sector have always known. Far from being a burden on resources social services is a major contributor both locally and nationally to the economy. Social services not only provide essential services but also provide significant employment opportunities. The findings highlight the need to recognise the sector for its economic value and to continue to invest in the workforce for its vital contribution in improving outcomes for people using services. UK Report Joining the Dots 23/5/18 A CJVSF Learning Tool supporting a collaborative approach to learning and development activities. Between 2014 and 2017, members of the Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector Forum (CJVSF) developed a collaborative training programme. This involved contributions from a range of CJVSF members and partner organisations. This resource draws on the learning from the project to date, to share practical tools that can support others to take a collaborative approach to learning and development activities. Benchmarking 2017/18 22/5/18 Presentation slides: The Voluntary Sector Recruitment Working Group Presentation 2018 final Engage Strathclyde 2.5.18 Longitudinal presentation 1.5.18 final Benchmarking Pay and Conditions May 1st final Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme Review 07/05/18 Consultation  open until 18th July 2018. The consultation is a very detailed 74 pages and includes the new products, fees structure and protected roles that are being proposed. A summary of the key points is now available PVG Scheme review Pregnancy and Maternity Discrimination Working Group CCPS has representation on this Ministerial led group. CCPS was asked to survey its members and the findings have now been analysed. A  summary of Survey findings and Overview are now available. Scottish Labour NHS and Social Care Workforce Commission The Commission are gathering evidence on a number of issues impacting the health and social care workforce until 17th April 2018. The consultation document and details of how to respond are now available:  Scottish Labour NHS and Social Care Workforce Commission Consultation Document The CCPS  Labour Workforce Commission Consultation response is now available. Safe Staffing Legislation At the end of last year the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport announced that the Safe Staffing Bill, initially for the nursing and midwifery workforce, would be extended from the outset to include social care. CCPS is a member of the Strategy Group and is also represented on the Bill Reference group and has written a brief overview of the Safe Staffing Legislation  Further updates will be posted as available. Apprenticeship Seminar 10th October 2017 At the seminar in October providers had some questions for the speaker from Scottish Government who agreed to seek clarification on some of the issues. The response can now be found here: Apprenticeship Seminar 10th October 2017 A shared workforce vision for health and social care staff? The Scottish Government is looking at the possibility of developing a shared workforce vision for health and social care staff working in integrated settings. Social Work Scotland (SWS) has been commissioned to undertake some analysis of vision statements that are currently in place across social services. SWS has developed a short questionnaire and the findings will assist in evaluating what opportunities or issues there might be developing a shared vision. The questions, with details of how to respond can be found here: A-shared-workforce-vision-for-the-health-and-social-care-workforce-2.doc Flexible Workforce Development Fund The Flexible Workforce Development Fund is a direct response from the Scottish Government to the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April this year by the UK Government. The £10 million fund is available to all levy payers in Scotland however each levy payer will only be able to access a maximum of £10k. The fund cannot be used for statutory or mandatory training. Applications are submitted to regional colleges who will process them on a first come first served basis assessing whether they meet the criteria for the fund. Colleges are expected to work with employers to identify skills gaps and to access relevant training to meet the fund’s criteria: Workplace coaching and mentoring HR related support activities Unmet digital skills needs Essential skills i.e. communication and interpersonal skills The Scottish Funding Council has a list of regional colleges on the website. There is a clear responsibility on regional colleges to work with employers to support them to recoup some of their levy costs (although for many large organisations the £10k max will be a small percentage of what they pay). The fund, which opened on 11th September 2017, closes on 15th December. Given that the fund is first come first served the earlier an application is submitted the more likelihood there is of a successful outcome. Contact your regional college as soon as possible and make use of the offer for assistance to begin the application process. Employer Guidance Application Process and Template New services from NHS librarians to support staff in health and social care Join one of two webexes to find out about new services that NHS librarians are offering to support staff in health and social care to make evidence-informed decisions. The webexes are scheduled for: 1st September  12 pm – 1 pm 26th September 2 pm – 3 pm Both webexes will bring you up to speed with the  specialist librarian services available to you, in: Sourcing and summarising evidence to answer your questions. Presenting evidence as easy to use digital resources – e.g. digital care pathways. Developing digital, information and health literacy skills. Working as evidence partners in health and social care teams. These webexes are part of The Right Decision campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the NHS librarian role in providing the right evidence, at the right time, to support decision-making in health and social care. If you would like to participate in one of these webexes, please contact ann.wales@gov.scot with your name, job title and organisation, stating your preferred date. Voluntary Sector Development Fund 2017/18 The Voluntary Sector Development Fund (VSDF) is available to contribute to the costs associated with meeting the required registration qualification criteria set by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and assists employers in achieving a qualified workforce. The fund is available to support a range of voluntary sector organisations registered with the Care Inspectorate and providing social services; small and medium sized organisations in particular are encouraged to apply. The  SSSC  administer the VSDF on behalf of the Scottish Government and have confirmed  around £900, 000 will be available during 2017/18 to contribute to costs associated with staff meeting the required registration qualification criteria. Workers eligible for support this year as agreed by CCPS, Scottish Government and SSSC are support workers in Housing Support and Care at Home Services   A maximum of £1,200 is available for each worker who undertakes the SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) level 6 after 1 January 2018. Allocation of funds will depend on the number of applications received; there will be an upper ceiling of £25,000 that any one organisation can receive. Staff do not need to be registered with SSSC to be eligible for funding but must do so within six months of the employer accepting the VSDF award. Funding is only available for staff commencing training after January 2018 and is also only available for staff in post at the time of submitting the application. Given the number of support staff requiring to be registered it is anticipated that there will be a large number applying for funding. It is crucial to read the guidance notes before submitting applications and to provide as much detail as possible on meeting the criteria and how the money will be spent. CCPS is a member of the group that determines decisions on funding. To ensure your organisation is considered for the award it is essential to meet the criteria as set in the guidance notes and to complete the application form fully. The application form is available on the SSSC Website and the closing date for applications is 1st September 2017 Social Services Expo 17 The Scottish Social Services Expo 2017 will provide an exciting opportunity to learn about current innovation and best practice in Scotland’s social services. Taking place at Crieff Hydro hotel on 13 June, the Expo will allow attendees to participate in a wide range of workshops and network with colleagues from across the sector. It will provide an opportunity to hear and input into current policy development and to share expertise and best practice from frontline service delivery. Additionally, attendees can spend time with the exhibitors showcasing innovative services and approaches from across the sector. The event is aimed at frontline practitioners in all areas of social service delivery and will include attendees from local government, the voluntary and independent sectors. Register to book your free place here SSSC Website SSSC are upgrading their website and are looking for views and suggestions on what people think needs to be improved. If you regularly visit the SSSC website this is a great opportunity to help shape the new website. If you want to contribute to the development of the new website take the short survey here. The Duty of Candour Procedure (Scotland) Regulations 2017 The Regulations have been drafted taking into account the extensive feedback from stakeholders in health and social care. The regulations provide the detail on the implementation of the duty; it is important to ensure this is relevant to the voluntary social care sector. The draft Regulations are no available for comment using the Feedback on Duty of Candour Regulations (2) form. The Regulations are available at: Duty of Candour Procedure (Scotland) Regulations 2017 – DRAFT Apprenticeship Levy and Modern Apprentices With the introduction of the UK Government Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017 several CCPS members raised concerns about the impact this would have on training budgets and their ability to meet SSSC registration and qualification requirements. CCPS has been working closely with SCVO and other partners to gather information, answer providers’ queries and identify how providers can benefit from their levy contribution through the Modern Apprenticeship Programme. You can find out more about the  information gathered to date and the current and ongoing work in our latest blog by Alison Christie here. Scottish Social Services Awards #SSSA17 The shortlist for the Scottish Social Services Awards has now been published and is available on the website. Alongside this is a small selection of entries highly commended by the judges. Both lists are available on the website Voluntary Sector Development Fund The funding is being allocated to 79 charities that provide care at home and housing support services and will support staff to meet the qualification requirements for registration with the SSSC. PVG Scheme review Help Disclosure Scotland to protect children and adults.  Disclosure Scotland is currently reviewing the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme and needs your help. The best way to do this is to complete their online survey, which will take about 10 minutes, but you can also send them an email if you’d like to get more involved. This is a great opportunity to have your say and to make a difference to important legislation that will have a real impact on you, your work, and your family and friends. So get involved! Technology Enabled Care- Survey on learning and development needs NHS Education for Scotland is conducting a survey to support the national Technology Enabled Care Programme (TEC) which aims to support digital transformation of health, care and support services by using technology as an integral part of high quality, cost effective care and support. The survey is seeking views on the learning and development needs to ensure TEC is part of the everyday delivery of health and care. Staff, even if not working with TEC, from health, social care, housing and support services are invited to complete the survey, it will only take ten minutes, before 24 April 2017. Take the survey here Retention in the Voluntary Sector The HR Voluntary Sector is taking part in a project to explore retention in the sector.  CCPS has been supporting the project and now invite you to participate in the 12 month pilot. To date the working party, of which 8 organisations are a part of, have met twice and have agreed the following: Scope of the working party (attached) Template to be used by pilot participants Funding from CCPS Collaboration with Strathclyde University Scope of the working party It was agreed that the scope of the working party is to develop a common approach to exit interviewing across the sector to enable us to benchmark and track reasons for leaving, where people are going and track career progression of social care staff. This will then support these organisations to explore retention strategies based on the collective research carried out. This will be piloted with the organisations involved in the working party and potentially others from the Voluntary Sector HR Forum. Template to be used The working party discussed and agreed key information to be collated for all organisations involved in the pilot to ensure we capture consistent and relevant data. I have attached the template we will be using for you information. We believe it is essential for us to capture consistent data to ensure we can measure and benchmark our returns. We wish to: Use the project  as a best practice example Work collaboratively on this issues which is affecting the whole sector Be consistent across the sector to understand what is happening to our talent Generate accurate data as opposed to anecdotal data Use data as a sector to explore retention strategies Funding from CCPS CCPS has managed to support the group by enabling funding to carry out the analysis and benchmarking. This will protect the integrity of the analysis and ensure confidentiality similar to the wider benchmarking annual survey. Collaboration with Strathclyde University The funding has supported a partnership arrangement with Strathclyde University and they have agreed to analyse and report on the data as part of the wider benchmarking that they already undertake.  The HR Voluntary Sector Forum already have a positive relationship with the University and feel this is an excellent approach as this will give more credibility to the process with complete integrity. We will be kicking the pilot off on 1st April 2017 and are looking for further participants to join, so please consider if your organisation will be able to join us. Further details are available on the information sheet: Retention in the Voluntary Sector – Project (2) If you would like to discuss this further please contact Victoria Knox  0131 478 8188 or Michelle Nairn  0141 427 0523 Consultation on the supervisory and management qualification requirements for adult services SSSC are considering making changes to the supervisory and management qualification requirements for registration and are seeking views on this. An online survey is available until 16 April 2017. Make sure your views are heard; respond here now! Benchmarking Pay and Conditions in the Scottish Voluntary Sector 3rd May 2017 13:00- 17:00 Strathclyde Business School Glasgow This event will highlight key findings from the HR Voluntary Sector Forum Benchmarking Survey 2016 on key issues affecting the workforce including pay and conditions. Particular focus will be given to pay; recruitment and selection; working time; health and absence and insights into the implementation of the Living Wage. It will draw on studies from previous years to engage in a longitudinal analysis of changing employment conditions in the sector. Keynote speakers include: Professor Ian Cunningham – Professor of Employment Relations, University of Strathclyde. Dr Alina Baluch – Lecturer in Management, University of St. Andrews. Dr Andrea Coulson – Senior Lecturer Accounting and Finance, University of Strathclyde. Registration and lunch will be available from 12.00pm.   Who should attend? Human Resource professionals in the voluntary sector. Members of sector-lead bodies. Representatives from local authorities and Scottish government. Union officials. Academics with expertise in the area. Benefits of attending The event is an opportunity to network and discuss, with lead bodies, policy makers, academics and other practitioners, current HR issues within the voluntary sector such as: Implementing the Living Wage. Recruitment crisis in care. Working time. Employee absence. Mental health. Register here   Calling all supervisors SSSC are considering a change in the additional supervisory qualification that supervisors need for SSSC registration but to make sure they  get that right they need to hear about your experiences. This is an opportunity to ensure that qualification requirements are influenced by practitioners; go along to an inquiry group and have your voice heard. Details of opportunities to engage are in the SSSC communication below. Dear registrant We want to hear your stories about your role as a supervisor, the contribution you make to your service and the supports and challenges you face day-to-day. We know you do a valuable job supervising staff, resources and processes. We also know how difficult it can be. We want to understand the managerial and supervisory aspects of your role so we can work with others to support you better. You are the experts in what you do. We need your views to inform any future changes to the qualification requirements for registration and to help shape the wider range of support that can help supervisors carry out their jobs effectively. If you would be interested in coming to an inquiry group or taking part in a short telephone discussion to share your views, please complete your details in this short form and we will get back in touch. Click here to complete your details  We will also contact you again soon with details of a national online survey. For more information, or if you cannot access the link, please contact Jacqueline McDonagh, Learning and Development, on 01382 207316, or Jacqueline.mcdonagh@sssc.uk.com Duty of Candour Implementation Updated information on the Duty of Candour legislation, due to be implemented in April 2018, is  now available here A dedicated webpage with frequently asked questions is also available here There is also a dedicated email address for further queries: dutyofcandour@gov.scot Duty of Candour E-learning module- Content Development Workshop 3rd February 2017 10:30- 15:30 Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Prince Philip Building, Deacon Suite, 19 Hill Place, Edinburgh.  EH8 9DP  This workshop  will consider the content for the e-learning module.  This is your opportunity to shape the development of this essential learning tool for staff across health and social care in relation to the Duty of Candour.  If you can only attend part of the day your attendance would still be welcomed.  Full details are available on the Content Development Workshop – Programme – 3 February 2017 Scottish Social Services Awards 2017 The Scottish Social Services Awards are now open for nominations! Including 10 new categories such as ‘silo buster’, ‘the untold story’ and ‘head above the parapet’ the awards have been designed to recognise innovation and excellent practice across the sector. Launched by the Social Work Services Strategic Forum, a partnership set up to create and deliver a vision for high quality and effective social services, it will celebrate individuals, teams and organisations making a positive difference to peoples’ lives. Nominations are open until 28 February 2017 and entries can be as an individual, a team, an organisation or to nominate others. Find out more about the full list of categories and how to enter at www.sssa.scot The Facebook pages for the Scottish Social Service Awards are now live at Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/SSSAwards/ Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/355131511546570/ Safer Recruitment Guidance The updated Safer Recruitment Guidance is now live. The guidance was created with input and feedback from many voluntary sector providers and is a really useful resource for employers. The online resource is a ‘living’ resource and providers can continue to share practice examples either by emailing: hub@careinspectorate.com  or: Laura.Wylie@sssc.uk.com The online resource is available here Duty Of Candour Legislation Duty of Candour legislation is due to be implemented in Scotland in April 2017. The purpose is to support the implementation of consistent responses across health and social care providers when there has been an unexpected event or incident that resulted in death or harm and is not related to the course of the condition for which the person is receiving care. To support this the Scottish Government has created an Implementation Advisory Group and CCPS has representation on this. Further details on the legislation and work of the groups is available as an information sheet:  Duty of Candour  Recent findings released on Recruitment and Retention in the social service workforce in Scotland In February 2016, the Social Work Services Strategic Forum, through the Office of the Chief Social Work Adviser, commissioned a review of the recruitment and retention challenges that the Scottish social service sector faces. An online survey and qualitative interviews were conducted from June to August 2016, amongst a range of stakeholders across much of the social service sector in Scotland with over 70 voluntary sector providers contributing. The report reflects the impact/challenges in the sector and how this is not just having a negative impact on service delivery and quality of services but strongly impacting on providers’ ability to meet service demands and to a quality standard which is acceptable. The report also confirms that Voluntary Sector staff are provided with training and qualification support often for them to go to local authority where pay and conditions are better and working hours and flexibility demands are not as apparent – two of the major issues highlighted. The main findings include: Voluntary Sector providers fare less well than Independent Sector and Public Sector in regards pay, make more use of zero hours contracts and pay freezes. Recruitment is no longer an impending crisis, existing problems are very real with providers expecting this trend to continue or worsen. 2015 Benchmarking Survey had 84.5% (up from 71% previous year) experiencing recruitment difficulties, now increased to 89%. The image of the sector needs to be improved; providers are very clear on this and that there should be a national effort to achieve this. Living Wage is welcome from providers and employees but no confidence that this will support retention in the sector. Erosion of pay differentials causing major concern in retaining managers; the biggest impact in retention is care/support workers but managers also an issue which will increase over time with the introduction of the Living Wage. CCPS was invited to provide feedback on the findings and comment on the scale and impact these are having on voluntary sector providers. The findings from the research will be considered by the Strategic Forum in order to better inform national policy development going forward.
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The grand challenge(s) for social work

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At the Social Work Scotland AGM 2018, John Devaney, Centenary Chair of Social Work, spoke about social work in Scotland today.
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Why are children treated unequally by social care services?

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As rates of child protection investigations continue to rise, a new study is exploring inequalities in the children’s social care...
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Social Work Scotland reports on integrating children's services in Scotland

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Two reports one a literature and policy review of integrating health and social care and its impact on Children's services and one on practice and leadership...
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We Need To Talk About Integration

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With a Foreword from our Chief Executive, Professor Ian Welsh OBE, this exciting collection brings together the views of 30 people with personal and professional experiences of integration. Contributions from the third and independent sectors cover issues like children’s and women’s rights, Third...
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What does being a volunteer mean to me. For me that’s an easy question to answer, volunteering with the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE), has allowed me to gain hands on experience of working in a Health and Social Care role, while gaining excellent mentoring from peers...
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WEBINAR Integrated Care Matters: Living Well in Care Homes and in Care Facilities – Scotland and New South Wales Tickets, Wed, 13 Jun 2018 at 12:00

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Eventbrite - International Foundation for Integrated Care presents WEBINAR Integrated Care Matters: Living Well in Care Homes and in Care Facilities – Scotland and New South Wales - Wednesday, 13 June 2018 - Find event and ticket information.
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Self Management Reflective Practice

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The three-hour Self Management Reflective Practice session is an opportunity for frontline health and social care professionals to explore how to support people living with long term conditions and carers to self manage.
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Social care payments are a ‘time bomb’ | Scotland | The Times

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At least 15,000 people in Scotland are behind on social care payments as soaring charges put pressure on those using services.At least 6,000 of those accounts are in the hands of debt managers, according to data released by Scottish councils under Freedom of Information (FoI) requests and report...
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Festival of Learning 2018

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Join us as we celebrate Festival of Learning – the biggest celebration of lifelong learning in England! Are you looking to get back into learning for the first time since school? Thinking about having a go at something new to help you start your own business, get into university or land your dream...
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Showcasing Community Social Work

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A series of case studies to demonstrate what community social work is and has to offer, grounded in real-life context and experience.
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Research in Practice | Trauma-informed responses in relationship-based practice

Research in Practice | Trauma-informed responses in relationship-based practice | Social services news | Scoop.it
Danny Taggart I once worked with a young mum who had been referred to a mother and baby assessment unit. The unit was nicely decorated to make it family friendly and homely. As we sat together talking about her baby, I remembered that this mum had been in care. I asked her what it was like to be back in the system, this time as a mother. She told me about how she had been sexually and physically abused by a member of care staff and that she had managed this by being a ‘bad little girl’ who was always naughty and loud. We talked about how clever a strategy this was to protect herself as a child, but how this way of managing might not serve her as well now. After we had spoken I couldn’t help noticing the things about the assessment unit that gave it away as not being a proper home. The fire extinguisher on the wall, the heavy doors, the staff office at the front of the building with a latch on the door. It occurred to me that this might have been very like the building that this mum had been housed in as a child. A place that looked like a home, but wasn’t. I wondered if she might be subtly triggered by these physical reminders of her childhood abuse and if she was in a state of reliving her trauma while trying to look after her baby. Surrounded by people who seemed to mean well, but also reminded her of her abuser. Sadly, the assessment unit stay did not go well. However, I think that this mum and I were able to think together about the impact her traumatic past was having on her life now. Also how important it was to separate out the past from the present in order for her to have a different future with her baby. This story can help us to be in touch with what it is like to live with trauma. Sensing that no matter where we turn, there are reminders all around us of terrible things that may have happened. That often the strongest reminders of trauma are not outside at all, but inside our minds and bodies, like unwanted guests who refuse to leave us in peace (Fraiberg et al, 1975). It speaks to the fact that for many traumatised young people, the behaviors they display, which we consider challenging, are actually ways they have learnt to try and protect themselves (Ford and Blaustein, 2013). This young mother’s story also helps us to understand how difficult it is for survivors of trauma to trust that help offered by authority figures, such as professionals, is genuine and that the intimacy offered by a therapeutic relationship is different from the forced intimacy and abuse that characterise physically and sexually abusive relationships. It helps us remember the uncomfortable truth – that many of the young people in our social care, mental health and justice systems are victims of abuse and neglect (Young Minds, 2018) and that sometimes rather than helping them, service provision can inadvertently lead to retraumatisation (Ho et al, 2008). Trauma-informed approaches One way to work with traumatised young people is to build upon social work’s commitment to relationship-based practice and develop services that adhere to the principles of trauma-informed approaches. The core components of this approach, and some suggestions for how they might be enacted by practitioners and then experienced by young people, are detailed below (Sweeney et al, 2016):   What this means for services What this feels like to young people Recognition of trauma Finding a way to check out if anything has happened to a young person in our care. ‘I am being seen and believed.’ Avoidance of re-traumatisation Trying to minimise taking control away from the young person, being transparent and talking about it if we have to do this. ‘They are not like the people that hurt me.’ Cultural, historical and gender context Being sensitive in selection of key workers and treatment to the young person’s specific identity. ‘They thought about me as a unique person. Me as a whole person.’ Trustworthiness and transparency Being explicit at all times what services are doing and why. ‘When they say they will do something, they do it.’ Collaboration and mutuality Understanding power imbalances and working to ‘flatten the hierarchy’. ‘We are working through this difficult stuff together.’ Empowerment, choice and control Enable the development of agency through access to resources. ‘I am taking control of my life now.’ Safety Developing safe systems- from admin processes through the entire organisation to be trauma informed. ‘I feel like I can finally begin to trust people again.’ ‘It might be worth seeing if they’re trustworthy.’ Survivor partnerships Peer mentor, peer support and young people led social action groups. ‘Meeting other people like me makes me feel less alone.’ Pathways to specialist trauma treatment Development of links to specialist, evidence based psychological therapies and medication. ‘I go somewhere safe to talk through what happened to me.’   Conclusion For professionals working in a trauma-informed way – listening to young people carefully, helping them recognise how past experiences influence their ways of relating to the world today and offering a trustworthy relationship where they can try to build a safer life for themselves – might be the most important service we can offer them (Knight, 2015). It is through this re-forging of social bonds and the development of different types of relationships that young people can learn to live with the legacy that trauma leaves and where the hope for a different type of life can be fostered. About the author Danny Taggart is a clinical psychologist at the University of Essex. He works clinically and conducts research in the field of edge of care interventions – parent infant mental health and recurrent care services. Today, Danny is writing a Research in Practice Frontline Briefing for social care staff on the importance of trauma-informed approaches with young people. Research in Practice Webinar Danny Taggart is the presenter of the Research in Practice Webinar 'Trauma informed responses in relationship-based practice'. The webinar explains how recognition of adolescents' past experinece can play a critical role in supporting the safety, permanency and wellbeing of adolescents and young adults.  Related resources Resources relating to trauma research and trauma infomred approaches: SAMHSA - Trauma-Informed Approach and Trauma-Specific Interventions ACEs Connection An example of how trauma research is being used in the UK: Adverse Childhood Experiences and their asociation with chronic disease and health service use in the Welsh adult population A social work piece on re-traumatisation: Preventing Retraumatization: A Macro Social Work Approach to Trauma-Informed Practice and Policies References  Ford J and Blaustein M (2013) ‘Systemic Self-Regulation: A Framework for Trauma-Informed Services in Residential Juvenile Justice Programs’. Journal of Family Violence 28 (7) 665–677. Fraiberg, Selma, Adelson, Edna and Shapiro, Vivian (1975) Ghosts in the Nursery: A Psychoanalytic Approach to the Problems of Impaired Infant-Mother Relationships. Available online: http://infantmassage.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Fraiberg-Ghosts-in-Nursery.pdf   Ho et al (2008) Creating Trauma-Informed Systems: Child Welfare, Education, First Responders, Health Care, Juvenile Justice. Available online: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/642b/2b0ae392ccd12d2c8c1c006a80238a98d099.pdf Knight (2015) Trauma-Informed Social Work Practice: Practice Considerations and Challenges. Available online: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/271773782_Trauma-Informed_Social_Work_Practice_Practice_Considerations_and_Challenges Sweeney et al (2016) Trauma-informed mental healthcare in the UK: what is it and how can we further its development? Available online: https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/MHRJ-01-2015-0006 Young Minds (2018) Addressing Adversity – Prioritising adversity and trauma-informed care for children and young people in England. Available online: https://youngminds.org.uk/media/2142/ym-addressing-adversity-book-web.pdf
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Making the money work in the health and care system - Social Care Online

This report explores how financial flows could be redesigned to find a better way to make money work in the health and care system. The research for the report draws on the views and expertise of a range of experts, from academics, to finance directors, to Non Executive Directors (NEDs), and taken...
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