Category Archives: Social Work

UNISON slams plans for huge rises in fees for social care staff as a ‘tax on compassion’

UNISON, Scotland’s largest public service union, has hit out after an announcement by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to hike registration fees.  These will see annual fees rise by 66% for social care support workers and 75% for supervisors, with rises of up to 166% for the most qualified staff. The union says the […]

North Ayrshire Council sign up to Ethical Care Pledge is great news, say UNISON

North Ayrshire Council has adopted UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter, to ensure the delivery of high standards in homecare and better conditions for homecare workers. This is great news for vulnerable service users, their families and homecare staff says UNISON The Ethical Care Charter was developed by UNISON following concerns raised across the UK about the standards of […]

Children first – ethical social work with refugee children

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 important role of social work in supporting refugee children. Organised by BASW (the British Association […]

Home care workers ask – we care, do you?

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 is struggling. See more on the Public Works blog. This is reinforced in a report […]

Do you work in social work or social care? If so, Join UNISON

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 UNISON can support you if you work in social care / social work. SWIG are social […]

Growing pains, a survey of youth workers

This survey is part of UNISON Scotland’s Damage series: a set of surveys looking at the impact of the ‘Age of Austerity’ on services and those who deliver them. The Conservative Government’s Austerity programme will result in a further £2billion of cuts to Scotland’s public services. Sadly the cuts that services have already endured, since […]

Scotland must recognise the poor state of social work, says UNISON

UNISON is calling for political parties to agree to allocate more resources for social work and social care workers. This call is being made on International Federation of Social Workers World Social Work Day (Tuesday 15 March 2016) The reality for social work workforce in Scotland is they have bigger caseloads, shorter timescales, and greater demands leading to […]

e-briefing Social work and contempt of court update

On 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 we issued some interim guidance to members. In an e-brief last year we also set […]