Workforce Development Network  - helping to build workforce capacity and leadership in voluntary sector social services providers
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February 2016
Workforce e-bulletin
Feedback from Workforce Development Network (WDN) Event, 11 January 2016
This Workforce Development Network event covered a number of important topics for the year ahead (Leadership, Fair Work Convention, Fitness to Practise, Codes of Practice and Health and Well-being Outcomes). It also provided an opportunity to tell voluntary sector providers about proposed changes to the Network team from April. Read a full report from the event.
CCPS Vacancies
CCPS is currently recruiting for the posts of Policy & Development Officer (Workforce) and maternity cover for the Development Co-ordinator (Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector Forum). The closing date for both vacancies is Monday 8th February. For further information follow the links above or contact
Codes of Practice and Fitness to Practise consultation responses submitted
The consultation response on the Revised Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers and Employers and Implementation of Fitness to Practise are on the same document. The WDN team would like to thank all CCPS members who contributed comments and suggestions to both these consultations. The new Codes of Practice should be published later this spring.
SSSC Stakeholder and Customer Insight online survey
Hopefully many individuals and providers contributed to this recent online survey, which has now closed. The WDN provided a written response rather than complete the online questionnaire. A copy of our comments can be found here.
Protection of Vulnerable Groups consultation
The Scottish Government is considering the need for new regulations relating to the Protection of Vulnerable Groups scheme which would introduce a new offence for employers if they employed someone to do regulated work who is on the barred list, regardless of whether the employer knew they were barred or not.  As things currently stand, an employer commits an offence only if they know an employee is barred from doing regulated work.  The consultation ends on 18th April 2016.  If you have views on this issue that you would like to share with CCPS please contact before 11th April.
New Leadership Strategy Consultation still open
A revised and updated strategy to develop leadership capabilities at all levels across the social services workshop is being drafted. At the time of writing the SSSC website was down and so a link to the consultation cannot be provided, but anyone interested in contributing should contact or
Shared Induction amongst Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector Providers
The concept of collaborative or shared induction has been promoted by the integration agenda and features in Shared Vision and Strategy for Social Services in Scotland 2015-2020. The Training and Development group within the Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector Forum (CJVSF) is working on a series of induction modules and the first of these will cover common values and contextualise the voluntary sector role within the broader picture of the criminal justice environment. Critically, the programme hopes to involve professional inputs from partner organisations in its delivery.
If you are thinking of developing similar programmes and would like to benefit from the work carried out by the CJVSF please contact If you are working on or have already created a shared induction programme we would love to hear from you, so please contact
Scottish Care Workforce Development Strategy Group Event, 17 February
This Scottish Care event is open to anyone with an interest in maximising the potential of their workforce in this period of significant change. The event will be held at the Renfield Centre in Glasgow from 1 pm until 4 pm and will have an overall focus on recruitment and retention. Topics for the day include:
  • Assessing for Innovation (new online assessment tool)
  • Key findings from Benchmarking for Reward and Recognition survey 2015-16
  • Voices from the Frontline study
  • Regulation and preparing for 2017
Click here for full details.
Dementia Champions Programme open for applications
The SSSC is now accepting applications for the seventh cohort of the national Dementia Champions programme.  Eighteen places are available for this 5-day professional development course in enhanced dementia practice, which will run from the beginning of May to November this year.  Applications are encouraged if you work in a:
  • Senior role with organisational support to implement change.
  • Hospital setting or at the interface between hospital and community-based support.
Closing date for applications is Friday 26 February 2016.
Email to find out more or to request an application pack.
The Workforce Development Network is supported with funding from The Scottish Government and is hosted by CCPS - Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland.
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