The Position on Recruitment, Retention and Workforce Planning in the Social Service Workforce in Scotland

17 May 2016

On behalf of the Social Work Services Strategic Forum the Office of the Chief Social Work Advisor (OCSWA), Scottish Government has commissioned a study to provide an in-depth view of the issues and challenges that the social care sector are facing with recruitment, retention and workforce planning.  This will inform our work to progress a number of actions in Social Services in Scotland: a Shared Vision and Strategy 2015-2020 which was launched last year.  It also builds on recent work that the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS) and Scottish Care have conducted with frontline staff.

An invitation to participate in an online survey and a depth interview will be issued shortly to employers of social care staff who have a responsibility for recruitment, workforce resourcing and planning and retention and engagement.  Invitations will go out via our CCPS, Scottish Care and SOLACE partners.

The study has the endorsement of the following organisations who are all represented on the project reference group.  The findings will be presented to stakeholders from across the sector through the Social Work Services Strategic Forum and will inform national policy development going forward.

If you require any further information about the study please contact Fiona McDiarmid, Children and Families Analysis, Scottish Government: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 0131 244 5308.