Social Work

PublicationsSupporting Scotland’s Social Work Services Workforce: UNISON is by far the largest union representing most Social Work and Social Care staff in Scotland. We represent Social Workers in all specialisms, residential workers, social care workers, OTs, home care staff and professional, admin and clerical support staff. We have a Social Work Issues Group (SWIG) with reps from branches across Scotland, specifically addressing Social Work issues. See also important information for workers registered with regulatory bodies.

News and updates

UNISON comment on Social Work Scotland’s report: Setting the Bar

UNISON, Scotland’s largest social work union, has welcomed the latest report from Social Work Scotland published today (Wednesday) but says ... Read More

UNISON Week 338: Let’s be “sensible” about pay, four day week pilot disappointment & more

UNISON Week 338: Let's be "sensible" about pay, four day week pilot disappointment & more. Read full newsletter here ... Read More

UNISON Week-336 – now it’s time to defend councils, care workers travel, university strikes and more.

UNISON Week-336 - now it's time to defend councils, care workers travel, university strikes and more. Read full newsletter here ... Read More

Public funding must be contingent on union recognition

#STUC22 The Fair Work demand for effective voice for workers, so lauded by the Scottish Government, was spotlighted again in ... Read More

Workers’ voice fundamental to Fair Work and equality

#STUC22 heard about the vital role Fair Work could play in delivering equality and justice in the workplace and will ... Read More

Urgent investment needed in NHS and social care

#STUC22 Congress heard that the COVID-19 pandemic has ruthlessly exposed the many deep and underlying problems in our economy. These ... Read More

Social Work publications

Local Government and the National Care Service

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The National Care Service Bill was introduced to Parliament on 21 June. This briefing looks at what the proposals mean ... Read More

Social Work and the National Care Service

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This briefing looks at what the National Care Service Bill means for UNISON’s social work members. The government is clear ... Read More

National Care Service Bill

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The National Care Service Bill was published on 21 June. This briefing focuses on the implications and consequences of the ... Read More

UNISON Week 338: Let’s be “sensible” about pay, four day week pilot disappointment & more

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UNISON Week 338: Let's be "sensible" about pay, four day week pilot disappointment & more. Read full newsletter here ... Read More

UNISON Week-336 – now it’s time to defend councils, care workers travel, university strikes and more.

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UNISON Week-336 - now it's time to defend councils, care workers travel, university strikes and more. Read full newsletter here ... Read More

SSSC: A Register for the Future

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This is UNISON's response to the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) consultation on proposed changes to registration and qualifications. While ... Read More

UNISON Week 330 – Protest the cost of living crisis, SiU, winter fuel grant & more

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UNISON Week 330 - Protest the cost of living crisis, SiU, winter fuel grant & more. Read full newsletter here ... Read More

UNISON WEEK 325 – Keep The Promise & more

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UNISON WEEK 325 - Keep The Promise & more ... Read our full newsletter here ... Read More

e-brief Keeping the Promise: Actions for branches to take

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This briefing for UNISON local government branches provides action points to help make sure that The Promise is kept within ... Read More

Social work staff call on Scottish Government to ‘keep the promise’ to children, says UNISON

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Social work staff are struggling to deliver the services that children and families need due to understaffing, underfunding and a ... Read More

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