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09 Mar 2020

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Revised Standards in Social Work Education

From this autumn universities will be embedding the revised Standards in Social Work Education in their social work programmes.

The Standards in Social Work Education (SiSWE) are the national standards which all students qualifying in social work in Scotland are required to meet. Originally published in 2003 the standards were revised following consultation with a wide range of stakeholders and published in 2019.  

The revised standards are accompanied by new Ethical Principles which are at the heart of the standards. Two new standards were developed which focus on prevention and early intervention and the wellbeing, safety and protection of vulnerable children and adults.  

 Some of the other changes include increased focus on:   

  • self and emotional literacy 
  • partnership working and co-producing services   
  • strengthening communities 
  • ethical practice  
  • social justice, diversity and working with difference. 

You can download a copy of the revised Standards in Social Work Education and Ethical Principles on our SiSWE website.  

Our new SiSWE website has information for students, educators and organisations working with the standards.  

The overall Framework for Social Work Education is being updated. It includes refreshed literacy and numeracy entry requirements. During 2020/21 we will work alongside the Social Work Education Partnership to revise the teaching, learning and assessment requirements for social work students doing practice placements. 

Contact information

Sandra Wilson
Communications Officer
Scottish Social Services Council