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Social care in Scotland

Social care in Scotland encompasses social work; care home services in the community for adults, children and young people; and services for young children, including nurseries and after-school care clubs.

As of 2016 there are approximately 203,200 people employed within social services in the country.[1]

A community building project, Older People for Older People, resulted in a film being made in 2010 about how older people's skills were used in Ardersier to assist other older people.[2]

There is no probation service in Scotland. The equivalent function is carried out by criminal justice social workers, who are part of local authorities’ social work departments. Criminal justice social workers follow the same entry procedure as other social workers.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The social service workforce". Dundee: Scottish Social Services Council. Archived from the original on 3 October 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Life on film: Ardersier's older people put their memories on DVD". Older People for Older People. Archived from the original on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.

Further readingEdit

  • Davis, Roger (2011). Social work and the law in Scotland (2nd ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230276314.
  • Guthrie, Tom (2009). Social work law in Scotland (3rd ed.). Haywards Heath: Tottel. ISBN 9781847661654.
  • Mooney, ed. by Gerry; Scott, Gill (2005). Exploring social policy in the 'new' Scotland. Bristol: Policy Press. ISBN 9781861345943.
  • Mooney, Gerry; Scott, Gill (2012). Social justice and social policy in Scotland. Bristol: Policy. p. 281. ISBN 9781847427021.

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