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									                               Ebulletin 13: June 2007

Welcome to issue 13 of the Workforce Unit‟s e-bulletin. Our bulletins will keep you up-
to-date with the latest voluntary sector social services workforce development issues.
You can find out more information about the items in blue or underlined by
clicking on them.

If you have a workforce development event you would like to publicise or suggestions
for future items please let us know and we will include it in future editions.

This edition provides information about the Workforce Unit‟s Conference in November
and an invite to join our new „Infobank‟. The ebulletin also contains information about
a range of funding sources, including the Voluntary Sector Development Fund and the
Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
                                                                           Neil Macleod
                                                          Information and Policy Officer
                                                         neil.macleod@ccpscotland.org
In this edition:

                 Voluntary Sector Social Services Workforce Unit

1.    Workforce Development Matters‟: The Workforce Unit‟s first conference, 8th
      November, Stirling Management Centre
2.    Navigating the Funding Streams 3: A guide to acquiring funding for learning
      and development
3.    Workforce Development Infobank
4.    New summary documents from the Workforce Unit

                              General Update / Events

5.    Learning Network update
6.    Social Work Scotland Website – Case Studies, Resources and Forums
7.    Information sessions about registration of managers and supervisors in care
      home services for adults
8.    Deafblind Studies awards added to SSSC‟s Qualifications Criteria
9.    Learning Exchange now available for entire social services workforce
10.   „Getting involved and getting started with practice learning‟ guidance
11.   „How to say it – Simply‟ training courses from SCLD
12.   „Introduction to Supporting People‟ course

                                   Funding Update

13.   Voluntary Sector Development Fund 2007/08
14.   Voluntary Organisations Support Fund 2007/08
15.   The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
16.   Funding for Training review


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17.       Helping you meet the cost of learning 2007/08
18        How to raise funds – A guide for Scottish Voluntary organisations

                                      And Finally….

19.  Dates for your diary
20.  Useful publications
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                    Voluntary Sector Social Services Workforce Unit

Conference……Conference……..Conference…….

1.        Workforce Development Matters’: The Workforce Unit’s first conference,
          8th November, Stirling Management Centre

Investing in your workforce is not just about financial commitment - good people
management, strong leadership at all levels, and an understanding of the registration
process can all contribute to recruiting, retaining and developing the best possible
workforce for your organisation.

This one day conference will explore the key challenges of workforce development for
voluntary sector social services: recruitment, retention and registration, and ask what
steps we can take now to develop the optimum workforce for the future.

Key speakers include:

         Geraldine Doherty, Registrar, Scottish Social Services Council
         Zoe van Zwanenburg, Chief Executive, Scottish Leadership Foundation
         Addie Stevenson, Chief Executive, Aberlour Child Care Trust
         Margaret Mackay, SSSC Council Member

Delegate rates

Standard Rate: £100

Early Bird rate: £80 (bookings received before 1st September 2007)

A flyer and booking form for this event can be accessed from here.

There are a number of free and subsidised places available for service users, carers
and smaller voluntary organisations. Please contact Laura Weir on 01786 849 752 or
e–mail vswu.admin@ccpscotland.org for more information.




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2.      Navigating the Funding Streams 3: A guide to acquiring funding for
        learning and development

The latest funding guide from the Workforce Unit: „Navigating the Funding Streams 3‟:
A guide to acquiring funding for learning and development‟ is now available.
„Navigating 3‟ provides guidance on how to access a range of funding sources for
learning and development and details projects as „Return to Learn‟ and the Learning
Networks. Though specifically targeted at the voluntary sector, many of the funding
sources and projects detailed in „Navigating 3‟ will also be of relevance to staff
working in the statutory or private sectors.

A copy of „Navigating 3‟ will be sent to everyone on our mailing list. Please contact
Laura Weir at vswu.admin@ccpscotland.org or telephone 01786 849752 if you would
like additional copies for colleagues, stakeholders or networks. The guide is free and
can also be downloaded from our website by clicking here. (NB: Please note that the
guide is a PDF and may take some time to download, depending on the speed of your
internet connection.)

We welcome your feedback on the contents of „Navigating 3‟ as this will inform future
revisions. Please complete the feedback sheet at the back of the document or feel
free to contact Laura Weir with your comments.

3.      Workforce Development Infobank

Have you got an idea or practice relating to workforce development that you
could share with colleagues in the sector? Would you like to help the
Workforce Unit play a part in sharing such practice throughout the voluntary
sector?

If the answer to either of the above two questions is „yes‟ then the Workforce Unit
would like to hear from you. We want to ensure that examples of voluntary sector
practice relating to workforce development are disseminated throughout
Scotland…and beyond.

We would like to develop a project team to take this work forward, and we are looking
for volunteers. For more information click here.

4.      New summary documents from the Workforce Unit

The Workforce Unit has developed short summaries of three recent reports:

    'Safer Recruitment through better recruitment' (Scottish Executive, 2007)
    'The Scottish Labour Market 2006' (Futureskills Scotland, 2006)
    'Key capabilities in child care and protection' (SIESWE, 2006)


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The Unit‟s summaries of these documents can be accessed from the publications
section of this website – click here. Summaries of other recent key policy documents
(including 'Changing Lives') are also available from the publications page.

The full version of these three documents can be accessed by clicking on relevant
item above or from the Unit's 'links page' – click here.

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                                 General Update / Events



5.       Learning Network Update

Four regional Learning Networks have been established to:

        Increase quality, quantity and diversity of learning opportunities
        Embed continuing professional development for the workforce
        Support registration of staff
        Achieve workforce planning and development

For more information about the Learning Networks visit:
http://www.learningnetworks.org.uk/

A brief update on each Learning Network follows:

Region One – North of Scotland Learning Network

The North of Scotland Learning Network will be hosting a networking event in
Aberdeen on Friday 10th August. The Network is also conducting an online
questionnaire to ascertain how online resources can be used to support learning and
development in the North of Scotland's social services sector – click here to
participate.

Region Two – Tayforth Learning Network

The Tayforth Learning Network recently co-hosted an event with the SSSC to consult
on the draft standards and practice competencies for the new Mental Health Social
Work Award. Tayforth Learning Network is also exploring how it can provide support
in four key areas: workforce planning, employee development, supporting registration
and practice learning.




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Region Three – South East of Scotland Learning Network

The South East of Scotland Learning Network has recently held events exploring
various topics, including induction, workforce planning toolkits and support for
registration. The presentations from some of these events can be accessed by
clicking here.

Region Four – West of Scotland Learning Network

The West of Scotland Learning Network is continuing to develop a series of local
learning networks. Providers within the Lanarkshire Local Learning Network are
exploring the potential to access European Funding to develop a „common induction
pack‟ for their staff, for example.

6.      Social Work Scotland Website – Case Studies, Resources and Forums

The Social Work Scotland website was established by the Scottish Executive to
provide updates on „Changing Lives‟. The website contains a range of information,
including:

    Updates on the five change programmes and fora taking forward the
     recommendations in „Changing Lives‟;
    Case studies and podcasts;
    Online discussion forums to share practice and encourage local networking.

The „Social Work Scotland‟ website can be accessed by clicking here.

7.      Information sessions about registration of managers and supervisors in
        care home services for adults

The SSSC will be hosting a series of information sessions about registration of
managers and supervisors in care home services for adults:

    16 August (Glasgow)
    23 August (Edinburgh)
    30 August (Dundee)
    6 September (Aberdeen)
    13 September (Inverness)
    20 September (Dumfries)



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All events are free and will run in the morning and afternoon. Places are limited. For
more information click here.

8.       Deafblind Studies awards added to SSSC’s Qualifications Criteria

The SSSC has recently added various Deafblind studies to the qualification criteria for
selected workers. Support workers in adult residential care can now register with a
Certificate in Deafblind Studies and the Practice Unit in Deafblind studies, for
example, while there has also been updates to the qualification criteria for supervisors
for adult residential care, practitioners in adult residential care, support workers in
housing support services and supervisors in housing support services.

The most up-to-date qualification criteria for social services workers can be accessed
from here.

9.       Learning Exchange now available for entire social services workforce

The Learning Exchange is the world's first interactive library - or digital repository - of
learning resources for social work education. The content includes interactive games,
video clips, case studies, official publications and radio broadcasts, all of which may
be used for non-commercial, educational purposes. Much of it may be modified to suit
individual needs. A short video introducing the Learning Exchange can be accessed
by clicking here. (NB: This video contains sound).

The Learning Exchange is available for free to all social services workers in Scotland.
For more information regarding how to access the Learning Exchange click here.

10.      ‘Getting involved and getting started with practice learning’ guidance

The SSSC has recently developed „Getting involved and getting started with practice
learning – guidance for organisations new to providing practice learning opportunities
and supporting social work students.‟ The guidance can be accessed from here or e-
mail pladmin@sssc.uk.com for printed copies.

11.      ‘How to say it – Simply’ training courses from SCLD

The Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability (SCLD) will be hosting a series of
„How to say it – simply!‟ events in August and September. The events will explore:

     Why accessible information is so important to people with learning disabilities
     How to share power by learning to produce accessible information


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     The law and the rights of people with learning disabilities to accessible information

More information and a booking form can be accessed by clicking here.

12.      ‘Introduction to Supporting People’ course

The Supporting People Enabling Unit has developed a one day course that is
designed to promote an understanding of the current funding arrangements of housing
support.

By the end of the course the participants will have learnt about the:

     21 tasks of housing support
     role of the local authorities in commissioning housing support
     regulatory context within which housing support operates
     the model Supporting People contract
     national and local SP reporting requirements

This course will be useful to:

     staff in provider organisations and local authorities who are new to Supporting
      People
     staff / volunteers in advocacy agencies
     board members of voluntary organisations

The course will run in Glasgow on 6 September and 13 September. The Supporting
People Unit can also offer a bespoke training day. For more information click here or
contact moira.weir@ccpscotland.org.
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                                         Funding Update

13.      Voluntary Sector Development Fund 2007/08

The Scottish Executive has announced details regarding this year‟s allocation of the
Voluntary Sector Development Fund.

The priority for this year will be to assist the funding of the SSSC’s Phase two
registration requirements, mainly for Adult residential care workers, support
workers in adult residential care and residential adult care staff with supervisory
responsibilities. A proportion of funding will be set aside for staff required to register
in phase one working in residential child care and for managers of care homes and
day care services for adults. Only voluntary organisations who have received less
than £20k to fund workers required to register in phase one or no contribution at all
since the Fund was set up in 2003 will be considered. Staff working in housing
support services are not eligible for this fund at this time.


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Applications must be returned to the Scottish Executive by Friday 12th October
2007.

Application forms and guidance notes can be accessed from the Workforce Unit‟s
website by clicking here.

14.      Voluntary Organisations Support Fund 2007/08

The Voluntary Organisations Support Fund aims to assist National Voluntary Youth
Organisations to support the development of better training, improve the support for
volunteers and to build the capacity of the national voluntary organisations.
Applications must be returned to Youthlink by Friday, 31 August 2007.

Application forms and guidance notes can be accessed by clicking here.

15.      The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust enables men and women to “acquire knowledge
and experience abroad. In the process, they gain a better understanding of the lives
and different cultures of people overseas and, on their return, their effectiveness at
work and their contribution to the community is enhanced greatly.” Grants usually
cover a stay overseas of between 4-8 weeks.

The Trust has recently announced the eligibility categories for 2008 – these include:

     Caring for the Elderly in Hospitals, Residential Homes and Rehabilitation Centres,
      including medical practitioners, social services, policy makers, owners, and other
      staff;
     The Recruitment and Use of Volunteers in the Community
     The Training and Retention of Teachers, including trainers, teachers and policy
      makers
     The Rehabilitation of Offenders, including, but not limited to: workers in the
      Probation, Prison, Charity and Mental Health Services, together with
      Educationalists, Employers and Criminologists.

Applications must be received by 16 October 2007. For more information about the
Winston Churchill Memorial Trust click here.

16.      Funding for Training review

The Changing Lives Workforce Development Group is currently undertaking a review
of funding for training sources. An exploratory meeting was held in May 2007 to look
at some initial issues, and the Group is now gathering information on various sources
of data to inform the review process.

The Workforce Unit is a member of the Changing Lives Workforce Development
Group and will keep stakeholders informed about developments.

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17.    Helping you meet the cost of learning 2007/08

The Scottish Executive has recently published the „Helping you meet the cost of
learning: your guide to funding 2007/08‟ document. This year‟s guide provides an
overview of funding for learners or potential learners and is a useful guide to for
practitioners giving advice to others.

„Helping you meet the cost of learning: your guide to funding 2007/08 can be
downloaded from here. The Workforce Unit also a limited supply of hard copies –
please contact Laura Weir at vswu.admin@ccpscotland.org to request one.

18.    How to raise funds: A guide for Scottish Voluntary organisations

SCVO have recently published „How to raise funds: A guide for Scottish Voluntary
Organisations.‟ The guide can be downloaded by clicking here. (NB: The guide may
take a short while to download.)

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                                     And finally…

19.    Dates for your Diary

Events list for July – October 2007. Click on a highlighted event for more information.

July

27/07: Consultation about the draft standards and practice competencies for the new
Mental Health Social Work Award, Edinburgh. Click here for more information.

August

10/08: Learning Network North event, Aberdeen (Contact
jan.foster@aberdeenshire.gov.uk for more information).

28/08: Supporting People – Delivering Outcomes, Glasgow (Click here for more
information).

30/08: „Active and holistic? Planning for Palliative and Care in 2027‟ (Scottish
Partnership for Palliative Care Annual Conference and AGM), Edinburgh. Click here
for more information.

September

05/09: „Reducing Physical Restraint: A culture shift for many organisations?‟ (Scottish
Institute for Residential Child Care leadership seminar), Glasgow. Click here for more
information.


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06/09: „Introduction to Supporting People‟ event, Glasgow (Click here for more
information).

13/09: „Introduction to Supporting People‟ event, Glasgow (Click here for more
information).

October

03/10 – 04/10: „Equality issues in Training Design and Delivery‟ (Building Bridges –
Equalities and Human Rights Organisational Development Programme 2007),
Edinburgh. Click here for more information about this course and other „Building
Bridges‟ events.


18.   Useful publications

1)    The „National Minimum Wage – Low Pay Commission Report 2007‟ (published
      July 2007) provides a status report on the Minimum Wage throughout the UK,
      and focusses extensively on the social care sector. The report can be read by
      clicking here. (NB: The report is 300+ pages long. It has an executive summary
      and pages 98-104 focus on social care. The file may take a few minutes to
      download and is a PDF.)

2)     The Scottish Executive has recently published new guidance in relation to the
       usage and take-up of Direct Payments (July 2007). The guidance can be
       accessed from here.
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Voluntary Sector Social Services Workforce Unit, Unit 157/158, Stirling Enterprise
Park, Stirling, FK7 7RP. Tel: 01786 849 752.

Director: Janet Miller, Information and Policy Officer: Neil Macleod, Development and
Policy Officer: Caroline Sturgeon, Administrator: Laura Weir
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