Social Work Publications

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

    3 August 2018 We note with serious concern Serco’s stated intent to evict up to 300 people who have been told they cannot stay in Britain. We wish to collectively state our concern at the humanitarian impact of creating more homeless people because ...
  • Refuge and Asylum in Scotland – a guide for members

    16 November 2017 Asylum seekers in Scotland do not get the support services they are entitle to because of inadequate support for social workers who care for them. And, when social workers request vital services for asylum seekers they are often, wrongly, denied. UNISON ...
  • Important information for workers registered with regulatory bodies

    6 May 2017 Important information for UNISON members who are registered professional members of any of the health and social care professional regulatory bodies listed below. IF YOUR PROFESSIONAL REGULATORY BODY INFORMS YOU OF A COMPLAINT OR ALLEGATION THAT YOUR FITNESS TO PRACTISE IS ...
  • Dave Watson promotes Ethical Care Charter at Lib Dem conference

    10 March 2017 UNISON’s Dave Watson has been promoting our Ethical Care Charter at the Lib Dem Party Conference in Perth. He has just spoken at the fringe meeting and discussed with Willie Rennie and other MSPs. West Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire are the most recent councils to adopt ...
  • Children first – ethical social work with refugee children

    20 November 2016 Ten years on from UNISON Scotland and BASW Scotland’s  first ever guide for social workers on ethical working with asylum seeker children, Child’s Welfare Paramount? a national conference on Social Work with Refugees and Asylum Seekers has again highlighted the ...
  • Home care workers ask – we care, do you?

    16 August 2016 Scotland needs a quality home care service to meet the growing demand and also ensures that patients who shouldn’t be in hospital are cared for at home. While there is a welcome commitment to address this, the service at present ...
  • Do you work in social work or social care? If so, Join UNISON

    29 July 2016 This leaflet has been produced by UNISON Scotland organise a Social Work Issues Group (SWIG) – it’s hoped it can be used to help with recruiting social workers and others who work in social care. It gives details of how ...
  • e-briefing Social work and contempt of court update

    27 March 2015 e-briefing Social work and contempt of court updateOn 16 December 2013 two social workers employed by City of Edinburgh Council were found guilty of contempt of court in relation to a decision they took over parental contact. That case was appealed to the Court of Session and ...
  • Supervision and Workload Management

    29 December 2014 Supervision and Workload ManagementThis updated paper by social work practitioners in UNISON Scotland’s Social Work Issues Group is designed as a tool for activists, negotiators and members to promote discussion on these matters. It brings together some new guidance on Workload Management and updates ...
  • Voices from the sharp end

    29 October 2014 Voices from the sharp endWe undertook a survey of health and local authority social work staff to find out their views on current proposals for integration of health and social care, whether they perceived any problems and to ask how they viewed they might ...

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