Tag Archives: social work publications

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Voices from the sharp end

We 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 be solved.  Click here for the full report (pdf) Responses varied; many staff already work in […]

UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter

A number of reports from client organisations, consumer groups, and homecare providers have recently been produced which  have been highly critical of the state of homecare services in the UK. Little consideration however has been given to the views of homecare workers themselves as to why there are so many problems in this sector. (Click […]

Manifesto for Social Work

Every day we all use the services provided by local government. Many people don’t even notice them: we take them for granted. The council elections on May 3 will bring a much-needed focus on the importance of local government and the essential services it provides. Here are some key points from our UNISON Scotland manifesto For […]

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 the Workplace – aims to help social workers recognise when they are becoming stressed or overloaded at work and to seek support from their employers, trade union or professional association when needed. The guide has […]