Category Archives: Social Work Publications

Countdown to enter the 2018 Scottish Social Services awards #SSSA18

The countdown is on to enter the 2018 Scottish Social Services awards before the deadline on 31 January 2018. Anyone who is registered with the Scottish Social Services Council or who works for a company registered with the Care Inspectorate can apply. Entries are already coming in from a range of people working in social […]

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 […]

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 […]

Delivering quality social care procurement

New research undertaken by UNISON Scotland shows that the new care procurement rules are being poorly implemented. The research shows that very little direct monitoring of home care visits are being undertaken. In addition, the weighting given to fair work matters is far too low. This briefing sets out the details and guidance to branches.

Dave Watson promotes Ethical Care Charter at Lib Dem conference

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 UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter. They follow Aberdeen City and North Ayrshire councils, Inverclyde Council […]

SSSC fee increase – UNISON response to consultation

The SSSC consulted on an increase in fees to registrants. This is the UNISON Scotland response.

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 […]

Supervision and Workload Management

This 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 to UNISON Scotland’s previous paper on Supervision in Social Work. Click on the graphic […]