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.

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Social Work Webinar 13 Oct – National Care Service

Social work webinars are back – sign up now for the first on Wednesday 13th Oct UNISON Scotland Social Work ... Read More

UNISON Care Futures No2 – What would Fair Work look like in a national Care Service

This second edition of Care Futures looks at the question of how Fair Work principles could be put into practice ... Read More

UNISON Scotland’s Care Futures issue 1. Who will work for a National Care Service?

The National Care Service proposals being consulted on by the Scottish Government could impact on a wide range of sectors ... Read More

UNISON Week 319 – Social care reform debate, local government pay ballot, housing and more

UNISON Week 319 - Social care reform debate, local government pay ballot, housing and more. Read full newsletter here ... Read More

Scotland must deliver a care sector that cares

The Covid pandemic has highlighted the fundamental value of social care and the workers who provide it and Congress welcomed ... Read More

UNISON Week 312 – Local Govt Pay, Scottish Water, overnight pay judgement & more

UNISON Week 312 - Local Govt Pay, Scottish Water, overnight pay judgement & more. Read full newsletter ... Read More

Social Work publications

e-brief: National Care Service Consultation

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The Scottish Government has published its proposals for a National Care Service. The three-month consultation period ends on 18 October ... Read More

e-briefing Implementing The Promise

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This e-briefing explains The Promise 'Change Programme' and includes four action points for local government branches. The Independent Care Review ... Read More

Independent Review of Adult Social Care – MSP Briefing

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The Scottish Parliament debated the findings of the Independent Review of Adult Social care on tue feb 16th. This is ... Read More

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Bill consultation

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UNISON Scotland thinks incorporation of the UNCRC into law is insufficient. For children to exercise their rights in practice requires ... Read More

Refuge and Asylum in Scotland – a guide for members

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Asylum seekers in Scotland do not get the support services they are entitle to because of inadequate support for social ... Read More

Scottish Government Economic Recovery Plan – August 2020

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The Scottish Government has announced its plan for post-COVID economic recovery. This briefing provides UNISON’s response to this. The recovery ... Read More

COvid-19 Committee – Inquiry into Social Care Support Fund Staff Regulations

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The Scottish Parliament's Covid-19 Committee is examining the Social Care Staff Support Fund. This was set up because so many ... Read More

Covid Social Care Worker Death in Service Payment

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Following pressure from UNISON, the Scottish Government has agreed to make a one-off payment of £60,000 to a named survivor ... Read More

Covid Social Care Staff Support Fund

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UNISON campaigned hard to make sure that social care workers did not have to survive on statutory sick pay, should ... Read More

Report of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery June 2020

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This briefing looks at the recommendations of the independent Advisory Group on Post-Covid 19 Economic Recovery. The Group presented its ... Read More

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