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Step into Leadership

Whatever your role in social services, this website will help you find resources and information to develop your leadership skills. Scotland’s social services need effective leadership at all levels of the workforce, as well as citizen leadership from people who access support and their carers.

Choose the pathway that best suits you to find resources and support.

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workforce employess

Someone who provides social services directly, eg support worker, practitioner, social worker, policy officer, training officer.

service users

Someone who uses a social service or cares for someone who uses a service. Another term used is 'citizen leader'.


Someone who has a management or supervisory role, eg team leader, middle/senior manager, training/policy manager.

corporate & strategic leaders

Someone with governance or strategic responsibilities for social services, eg elected member, management board member.

Leadership in Practice

Loretto Care video

Hear about leadership at Loretto Care

Scotland’s Permanent Secretary talks about leadership

Scotland’s Permanent Secretary talks about leadership.

Take the Step Into Leadership Quiz

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