This e-briefing explains The Promise ‘Change Programme’ and includes four action points for local government branches.
The Independent Care Review promised a ‘root and branch’ review of the care system for looked after children, driven by those with experience of it. Its report, called The Promise published in February 2020 makes commitments to children and young people which it aims to deliver by 2030.
The Promise recommendations are beginning to be implemented. They will require significant changes to the way that UNISON members in social work are required to practice. They also involve ‘a new model of governance and accountability’ for children and family services in Scotland.
Workforce voice is ignored in the Change Programme. Branches are encouraged to initiate local discussions with employers about how The Promise will be implemented locally. Branches should try to ensure trade union representation on the Local Oversight Boards which are being set up to oversee implementation.