UNISON & BASW welcome the positive steps taken in Scotland to address the problems in Social Work in the past few years. These include
- The 21st Century Review and the Changing Lives Report.
- The regulatory framework including registration of staff and inspection of services.
- The lifelong approach that includes the new training programmes and continuing professional development for all social services staff.
- The right of people who use services to expect dignity and social justice within the social services.
However there is still much to be done and this manifesto highlights some of the key issues to be tackled if we are to implement Changing Lives. It is based on views collated from frontline staff within all sectors of the social services workforce.