Social Work

PublicationsSupporting Scotland’s Social Work Services Workforce: UNISON is by far the largest union representing most Social Work and Social Care staff in Scotland. We represent Social Workers in all specialisms, residential workers, social care workers, OTs, home care staff and professional, admin and clerical support staff. We have a Social Work Issues Group (SWIG) with reps from branches across Scotland, specifically addressing Social Work issues. See also important information for workers registered with regulatory bodies.

Claim Covid cash – UNISON launches campaign for short changed Scottish care workers

Despite funds being made available by Scottish Government, there are still many care workers not receiving full pay for sick ... Read More

UNISON welcomes decision by social care charity to pay Scottish Living Wage and says more must follow

UNISON Scotland, the union for care workers, has welcomed today’s (Tuesday) announcement by Quarriers that it will pay all staff ... Read More

UNISON welcomes Scottish Government’s Personal Protection Equipment Taskforce

UNISON has today (Friday) secured agreement from the Scottish government to create a PPE taskforce which aims to address the ... Read More

Social Work publications

Briefing No 75 – Procurement: New statutory guidance – April 2016

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Briefing No 75 - Procurement: New statutory guidance - April 2016 Key Points: The Scottish Government has published a 'suite' ... Read More

Briefing 072 Bargaining: Buurtzorg Care Model – Jan 2016

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 Briefing 072 Bargaining: Buurtzorg Care Model - Jan 2016 Applying the Buurtzorg care model in Scotland Introduction Buurtzorg is a ... Read More

Briefing 70: Ethical Care Charter

Briefing 70: Ethical Care Charter
KEY POINTS: The Ethical Care Charter was developed to provide a better quality and dignified care service This should be ... Read More

Briefing 69: Extending the Scottish Living Wage through procurement – updated – Nov 2015

Briefing 69: Extending the Scottish Living Wage through procurement - updated - Nov 2015
b069_BargainingBrief_LivingWage+Procurement_Nov2015 KEY POINTS: The Scottish Living Wage should be extended to all delivering public services. Social care is a key ... Read More

Community Justice (Scotland) Bill 2015

Community Justice (Scotland) Bill 2015
UNISON Scotland responded to the consultation on “Redesigning the Community Justice System” in April 2013 in which we supported Option ... Read More

Carers (Scotland) Bill

Carers (Scotland) Bill
UNISON members are well aware of the difficulties faced by carers who struggle to look after older, disabled or ill ... Read More

e-briefing Social work and contempt of court update

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 ... Read More

Statutory Duty of Candour for Health and Social Care Services

Statutory Duty of Candour for Health and Social Care Services
UNISON Scotland’s Submission to the Scottish Government on its Consultation on Proposals to Introduce a Statutory Duty of Candour for ... Read More

Supervision and Workload Management

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 ... Read More

Voices from the sharp end

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 ... Read More

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