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.

UNISON Week 300 – £500 ‘Bonus’ payment, disability history month and more …

UNISON Week 300 - £500 'Bonus' payment, disability history month and more ... Read our full newsletter here ... Read More

UNISON Scotland comment on First Minister’s announcement of pro-rata £500 ‘bonus payment’ for NHS and social care staff

Commenting on today’s (Monday) announcement by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, UNISON Scotland regional secretary Mike Kirby said: “We welcome today’s ... Read More

NHS and social care staff set to receive a pro-rata £500 ‘bonus payment’ from Scottish government

NHS and social care staff are set to receive a pro-rata £500 ‘bonus payment’ in recognition of their contribution during ... Read More

Free webinars: Good social work in a time of Covid

Good social work in a time of Covid – join our free Webinars UNISON Scotland’s Social Work Issues Group has ... Read More

UNISON Week 292 – No Going Back to Normal campaign & more …

UNISON Week 292 - No Going Back to Normal,  our response to the Future of Social Care and more ... Read More

No Going Back to Normal

OUR KEY WORKERS DESERVE BETTER Thousands of key workers died during the pandemic looking after us. In the public services ... Read More

Social Work publications

Scotland: It’s time to care

Time to Care
The shocking reality of Scotland's care services The care of older people in Scotland is a national disgrace. Our care ... Read More

Online response to SSSC fitness to practice proposed changes

Online response to SSSC fitness to practice proposed changes
1.   The "fitness to practise" criteria is very vague and it is not clear to us what objective standards the ... Read More

UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter

Ethical Care Charter
A number of reports from client organisations, consumer groups, and homecare providers have recently been produced which  have been highly ... Read More

Integration of Care in Social Care in Social Care in Scotland

Integration of Care in Social Care in Social Care in Scotland
UNISON Scotland members have been involved in various proposals for the integration of health and care services since the late1990s ... Read More

Consultation on the Children and Young People Bill

Consultation on the Children and Young People Bill
UNISON Scotland has supported the principles of Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) since its inception and we believe ... Read More

Looked after children response

Looked after children response
UNISON is Scotland’s largest trade union representing approximately 160,000 members working in the public sector.   UNISON Scotland represents over 30,000 ... Read More

Manifesto for Social Work

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Every day we all use the services provided by local government. Many people don’t even notice them: we take them ... Read More

Social Care (Self Directed Support) (Scotland) Bill

Social Care (Self Directed Support) (Scotland) Bill
UNISON Scotland acknowledges that certain groups of service users, particularly physically disabled people, view direct payments and personalisation as a ... Read More

Mental Health Strategy 2012 – 2015

Mental Health Strategy 2012 - 2015
UNISON acknowledges the work that the current Scottish Government and previous administrations have undertaken to tackle the challenges that mental ... Read More

Care Integration Comments to Health & Sport Committee

Care Integration Comments to Health & Sport Committee
We understand that at present the Government intends to integrate health and social care primarily through legislation to replace Community ... Read More

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