Category Archives: Social Work

Quality Social Care Procurement

Our latest briefing looks at the practice of social care procurement. There has been some progress since our 2017 survey, but there is still limited monitoring of the quality of services and workforce weightings during bid evaluation are far too low.

Social workers must reject role of agents of state and stand up for ethical practice

Activists who attended Sunday’s lunchtime fringe meeting “Social work against the state attack on asylum and refuge” heard powerful presentations on the need to support our members in social work to practice ethically when it comes to refugees and asylum seekers. The meeting was chaired by Chris Tansley, Chair of UNISON Local Government Social Care […]

Resist introduction of CONNECT tool

UNISON have established that the ‘CONNECT’ tool is being used by Council social work staff in Edinburgh and Glasgow when faced with requests for assistance by those in ‘NRPF’ situations (see the guide). This purchased privately provided computer programme enables information sharing between local authorities and Home Office immigration agencies. On the possibly helpful side […]

Should Social Workers Be Part of the Immigration System and Border Control?

UNISON along with SASW and refugee support organisations are concerned at reports from England that social workers are being asked to share information on anyone who approaches them for help whose immigration status might be uncertain. A computerised programme called CONNECT is being widely deployed with the expectation that social work staff enter details which […]

Refuge and Asylum in Scotland – a guide for members

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 Scotland and Scottish Association of Social Work have launched a legal guide Refugee and […]

Asylum seekers in Scotland are denied social work services, say UNISON and Scottish Association of Social Work

  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. Today (Monday 6 November) UNISON Scotland and Scottish Association of Social Work have launched […]

Stirling Council Adopt UNISON Ethical Care Charter

  Stirling are the latest council to adopt UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter. They join half a dozen of so councils in Scotland who have agreed to establish a minimum baseline for the safety, quality and dignity of care by ensuring employment conditions for social care workers. Adoption of the charter guarantees appropriate pay, training and […]

First Minister must intervene in Bield Housing decision to close 12 care homes

Bield Housing and Care, announced yesterday (11 October) that they intend to close 12 care homes in Edinburgh, Falkirk, Glasgow, Borders, South Lanarkshire and West Lothian by summer 2018. Some 160 elderly people, with dependent needs  including 24 hour personal care and feeding assistance, will be evicted from the place they have called home for […]

Public service workers march on Holyrood for fair pay

Public sector workers along with their families and friends will march and rally later today (Saturday) in Edinburgh in support of fair pay for everyone working in Scotland’s schools, local councils, police forces and hospitals. The march will assemble from 11am in Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, and set off down the Edinburgh’s Royal Mile at 11.45am. […]

Important information for workers registered with regulatory bodies

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 IMPAIRED PLEASE READ THIS BULLETIN AND… 1. DO NOT DELAY! INFORM YOUR UNISON BRANCH […]