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 Week 270 : Save from harm – UNISON Scotland survey of social work teams, St Andrew’s Day March and Rally & more……

UNISON 270 : Save from harm – UNISON Scotland survey of social work teams, St Andrew's Day March and Rally, ... Read More

Split shifts – a health and safety issue for women

Split shifts came under the spotlight at STUC Women’s conference as delegates backed a need for proper research into the ... Read More

Social Work members : Impact of cuts on service survey

UNISON Scotland's Social Work Issues Group (SWIG) is encouraging members on social work teams to take part in a union ... Read More

Social work members in West Dunbartonshire agree to suspend strike action

UNISON met with West Dunbartonshire Council last week (May 29) following on from our tremendous industrial action ballot result announced ... Read More

Social work staff in West Dunbartonshire to ballot on strike action

UNISON has today (Tuesday) served notice to West Dunbartonshire Council and the Health & Social Care Partnership that it will ... Read More

Call for action to end violence at work

#stuc19 Congress reaffirmed that no worker should face violence or aggression their workplace and highlighted the employers’ duty of care ... Read More

Social Work publications

Care Integration Comments to Health & Sport Committee

Care Integration Comments to Health & Sport Committee
We understand that at present the Government intends to integrate health and social care primarily through legislation to replace Community ... Read More

Inquiry into regulation of care for older people

Inquiry into regulation of care for older people
UNISON Scotland believes a major mistake in the provision care of the elderly was to allow profit to be part ... Read More

Common Core of Skills, Knowledge, Understanding and Values for the Children’s Workforce

Common Core of Skills, Knowledge, Understanding and Values for the Children’s Workforce
UNISON Scotland supports the introduction of a common core in principle. We are, however unclear about what exactly the common ... Read More

Keeping Safe in the Workplace

Keeping safe in the workplace
UNISON Scotland has launched a guide to help social workers stay safe in the workplace. The new guide – Keeping Safe in ... Read More

Care Integration statement

Care Integration statement
This statement covers UNISON Scotland’s initial response to proposals for the integration of care services in Scotland either through a ... Read More

A Strategy for Self Directed Support

A Strategy for Self Directed Support
UNISON Scotland is committed to the principle of the right to independent living for all care users. We therefore welcome ... Read More

Social Care Procurement Guidelines

Social Care Procurement Guidelines
UNISON Scotland welcomes the publication of Guidelines on social care procurement and can support some aspects of them. However, we ... Read More

Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill Response

Children's Hearings (Scotland) Bill Response
UNISON Scotland wants to commend the consultation process which has taken place in the period since the last Draft Bill ... Read More

Draft Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill Response

Draft Children's Hearings (Scotland) Bill Response
UNISON Scotland has serious concerns at the effects this Draft Bill would have on our members’ ability to protect children ... Read More

Helping People Change Their Lives

Social Work Manifesto
A Social Work Manifesto for UNISON and BASW members in Scotland. UNISON & BASW welcome the positive steps taken in ... Read More

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