The Accounts Commission has published its report into Social Work in Scotland
They are clear, “Current approaches to delivering social work services will not be sustainable in the long term.” And “Councils’ social work departments are facing significant challenges because of a combination of financial pressures caused by a real-terms reduction in overall council spending, demographic change, and the cost of implementing new legislation and policies.”
The evidence they present points to the increasing role of unpaid carers and consequently the increasing importance of providing flexible, timely support to prevent burnout and increased use of residential care.
This is an in-depth report and has many recommendations for policy, commissioners, and practioners alike. At the head of these recommendations is a clear call for society to understand the nature of the challenges facing the sector and “Councils should instigate a frank and wide-ranging debate with their communities about the long-term future for social work and social care in their area to meet statutory responsibilities, given the funding available and the future challenges”
The full report should be read and can be downloaded below.