The Independent Care Review group was launched in May 2017 with the aim of identifying and delivering lasting change in the care system, which will transform the wellbeing of children and young people. The Review is looking at the legislation, practices, culture and ethos which make up the care system across Scotland. Key to the Review’s process is hearing the voices of those with experience of the care system, including all those working to support children, young people and their families. To facilitate this, Social Work Scotland and the Independent Care Review have commissioned new research to gather the views of social workers responsible for the provision of services to children and families across Scotland.
 
Jane Scott has been commissioned as an independent researcher to undertake this work and this survey is the first step in gathering your views. The survey offers you a confidential space to reflect and comment on what is working well and the challenges for the care system, as well as ideas and thoughts about what should be done differently in the future. The information collected is anonymised. Responses will be explored in two further discussion groups and the final question asks if you would like to register your interest in taking part in these discussion groups. Alternatively, you can email Jane Scott (jmscott@btinternet.com) directly to register your interest.

The survey should take no longer than 15-20 minutes to complete and closes on 30 June 2019.

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* 1. Are you a qualified social worker?

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* 2. How long have you been qualified as a social worker?

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* 3. Please tick the box that most closely describes the sector you work in?

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* 4. Do you work or have you worked in the care system?

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* 5. What is your current role or your most recent role in the care system?

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* 6. How long have you or did you work in the care system?

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* 7. In your opinion, what word best describes current morale across professionals delivering services and support to those in the care system

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* 8. What factors are most important in your work? Please rank from 1 (very important), 2 (quite important) and 3 (not so important)?

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* 9. What term best describes your level of job satisfaction?

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* 10. Can you describe what is working well in the care system and how you know (this includes your own practice knowledge as well as inspections or evaluations of practice)?

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* 11. What difference is your work making to the lives of children and young people (this includes your own practice knowledge as well as inspections or evaluations of practice)?

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* 12. Can you describe current challenges to delivering support and services to those in the care system; for example, structures, culture, practice, resources?

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* 13. Are changes needed to improve the life chances for children and young people?

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* 14. If changes are needed, can you describe what could be done differently to improve the experiences, wellbeing and outcomes for children and families who become involved in the care system?

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* 15. What is needed locally to support changes identified (in Q13) to the care system?

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* 16. What is needed nationally to support changes to the care system?

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* 17. We will be exploring the responses to this survey in two further discussion groups? Please indicate if you would like to take part:

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* 18. If you answered 'Yes' or 'Not sure', could you please leave your contact details below or email jmscott@btinternet directly with the information:

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