A report released in September 2016 reports that social work in Scotland is at a watershed and the public and service users must be more involved in shaping future provision.
The report by the Accounts Commission, the local government spending watchdog, says councils now spend £3.1 billion on social work providing services to many vulnerable people.
Current approaches to providing services will not be sustainable. By 2020 it is estimated that social work will need up to £667 million a year more, unless new ways of delivering services are implemented.
Fundamental decisions have to be taken on how services are provided in the future and councillors must have the knowledge and skills to deal with the complexities and risks involved. They should lead a wider debate with local people on the level, nature and affordability of services. More work is also required to involve users in how services are designed, commissioned and run.