The Scottish Organisation for Practice Teaching (ScOPT) is a membership organisation for social work practice teachers and others involved in social work education in Scotland. It is run by members for members.

ScOPT is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (Scottish Charity Number SC046818), governed by a Constitution and regulated by a Government body called the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

ScOPT is managed by a Board of Trustees who are all volunteers and give their time for free

The trustees provide leadership to the organisation and make sure it is doing what it set out to. Typically, our trustees must be willing to support the management of a small charity and willing to take the lead on projects and areas as appropriate. Very often, trustees enter the Board with one skill set and then develop a whole new set of skills, experience and knowledge as a result of their experiences with ScOPT. It's a very responsible and rewarding voluntary role.

Being a trustee does carry legal responsibilities which should be understood before taking up a position. Trustees are not expected to be experts in every area, even with the collective skills and experience of the Board overall. They are expected to use reasonable care in their role as trustees applying their skills and experience and involving professionals where needed. There is really useful guidance provided by OSCR on what these duties are and what's required.

The Board can appoint trustees at any time through the year, but all appointments are ratified at the Annual General Meeting. The minimum number of trustees that ScOPT can have is 3, and the maximum is currently 20.

Board meetings are held 4 times year (usually in January, April, July and October). We have an annual development day for trustees too.

There is no payment for this role, but travel expenses can be reimbursed.


We always welcome expressions of interest from potential trustees as well, and would be delighted to hear about how your skills and experience could benefit ScOPT.

If you are passionate about supporting and promoting practice education, then please get in touch.

For an informal discussion information, please contact our Chair, Fiona Stansfield at - or if you know any of the ScOPT trustees personally, please do have a chat with them.


Please complete our online application form