Report 64: Reviewing the impact of the Social care governance workbook

Introduction and key messages

The ‘Social care governance workbook’ (hereafter referred to as ‘the workbook’) was commissioned by the Association of Directors of Social Work (ADSW) in 2007. The aim was to provide a structured approach to support frontline staff and managers in the implementation of SCG arrangements across Northern Ireland. The workbook was produced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS). It sets out a model of clinical and social care governance, providing a structured approach to review, agree, implement and demonstrate improvements in practice and service provision.

The workbook was piloted with a sample of social work teams in Northern Ireland during 2007. Each health and social care (HSC) trust was responsible for rolling out the use of the workbook, with senior management responsible for promoting the implementation of SCG arrangements. In 2012 SCIE was commissioned to undertake a review of the impact of the workbook and update the content to reflect developments over the past five years.

Key messages

The review found that


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