Social work service scores highly in independent inspection

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18 Aug 2011 - 14:46

Argyll and Bute Council’s social work service is ‘making progress on a well planned improvement journey’.

That is the conclusion of a report drawn up by Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS), which carried out an inspection of the service earlier this year.


The initial assessment, which considered both performance and improvement activity, found that none of the nine service areas examined were classed as being a ‘significant risk’.

“The reason that we are making the changes we are is to continue to improve the services offered to the Argyll and Bute community at a time when we have an increasing demand for services and a decreasing pot of resources with which to meet that demand,” he added.

 The news was welcomed by Councillor Andrew Nisbet, Argyll and Bute’s spokesperson for social affairs, who said the report recognised that the authority’s transformation efforts were now translating into improved frontline services.


“I am very pleased by the SCSWIS report, because it confirms that that we are making clear progress in our efforts to improve the overall service.

“The document highlights a number of recent improvements, including our approach to the recent service review.

“The challenge now is for us to continue our work in addressing the areas highlighted for further attention, and these will be taken forward with SCSWIS as part of our overall improvement and business planning process.”