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Published, 23 September 2016

Accounts Commission publishes report on social work services in Scotland

A new report by the Accounts Commission, says councils now spend £3.1 billion on social work providing services to many vulnerable children and adults and around 28% of that is spent on children and families.

Current approaches to providing services are not sustainable in the long term and it's estimated that social work in Scotland will need up to £667 million a year more by 2020 unless new ways of delivering services are put in place. Fundamental decisions have to be taken on how services are provided and more work is needed to involve users in how services are designed, commissioned and run. There are risks that further cost savings could affect the quality of services.

The report is slit into three parts:

  • Challenges facing social work services
  • Strategies to address the challenges
  • Social work governance and scrutiny arrangements

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