Social care in Scotland

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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.

National Care Service[edit]

The National Care Service (Scotland) Bill was published in June 2022. It would allow Scottish Ministers to transfer social care responsibility from local authorities to a new, national service.[1]


As of 2016 there are approximately 203,200 people employed within social services in the country.[2]

Older people[edit]

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.[3]

Criminal justice[edit]

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.


The University of Stirling, Housing Options Scotland and Horizon Housing Association conducted a study of allocations and lettings practice for accessible and adapted social housing in 2018. They found that most of the 28 disabled home-seekers in their study received inappropriate housing offers, or no offers at all.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Care Service (Scotland) Bill". Scottish Parliament. 2022. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  2. ^ "The social service workforce". Dundee: Scottish Social Services Council. Archived from the original on 3 October 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Disabled home-seekers 'in distress' over accessible housing failures". Home Care Insight. 22 August 2019. Retrieved 1 October 2019.

Further reading[edit]

  • 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, Gerry; Scott, Gill, eds. (2005). Exploring social policy in the 'new' Scotland. Bristol: Policy Press. ISBN 9781861345943.
  • Mooney, Gerry; Scott, Gill, eds. (2012). Social justice and social policy in Scotland. Bristol: Policy. p. 281. ISBN 9781847427021.

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