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 launches information guide on £500 ‘bonus’ payment for health and social care workers

UNISON Scotland has today (Tuesday) launched a guide for health and social care members who have concerns over how the ... Read More

UNISON welcomes National Care Service recommendations in Feeley report

UNISON Scotland welcomes the recommendations from the Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland (chaired by Derek Feeley) that ... Read More

UNISON Week 305 – Budget statement , #1Team2K, Winter fuel grant & more

UNISON Week 305 - Budget statement , #1Team2K, Winter fuel grant & more. Read our full newsletter here ... Read More

UNISON Week 301: About that £500…..& more

UNISON Week 301: About that £500 - Not Just the NHS....Reward all who have fought covid .....& more. Read full newsletter ... Read More

UNISON Week 300 – £500 ‘Bonus’ payment, disability history month and more …

UNISON Week 300 - £500 'Bonus' payment, disability history month and more ... Read our full newsletter here ... Read More

UNISON Scotland comment on First Minister’s announcement of pro-rata £500 ‘bonus payment’ for NHS and social care staff

Commenting on today’s (Monday) announcement by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, UNISON Scotland regional secretary Mike Kirby said: “We welcome today’s ... Read More

Social Work publications

Briefing 114 – Living Wage in Adult Social Care

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The uprated Scottish Living Wage should be paid to all workers in adult social care who are employed via contracts ... Read More

Save from harm – UNISON Scotland survey of social work teams

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This is a survey of staff working in social work teams. As well as social workers and social work assistants/support ... Read More

CCTV in Additional Support Needs Schools

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There is no doubt that the needs of children and young people with additional support needs (ASN) are not being ... Read More

Serco evictions condemned: Herald letter from UNISON, SASW and academics

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We note with serious concern Serco’s stated intent to evict up to 300 people who have been told they cannot ... Read More

Important information for workers registered with regulatory bodies

Professional Services Bulletin
Important information for UNISON members who are registered professional members of any of the health and social care professional regulatory ... Read More

Health and Social Care Workforce Planning

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The Scottish Government is consulting about a new approach to workforce planning in health and social care. In UNISON Scotland's ... Read More

Dave Watson promotes Ethical Care Charter at Lib Dem conference

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UNISON's Dave Watson has been promoting our Ethical Care Charter at the Lib Dem Party Conference in Perth. He has just spoken at ... Read More

Briefing 084 Bargaining – Health and Social Care Delivery Plan – January 2017

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KEY POINTS: • A major shift of treatment into community settings is planned • Some services and treatments will be ... Read More

Children first – ethical social work with refugee children

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Ten years on from UNISON Scotland and BASW Scotland’s  first ever guide for social workers on ethical working with asylum ... Read More

A Social Security System for Scotland – submission to Scottish Government Oct 2016

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The UNISON Scotland submission to the Scottish Government Consultation on a Social Security System for Scotland Oct 2016  UNISON represents ... Read More

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