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

Care Integration statement

Care Integration statement
This statement covers UNISON Scotland’s initial response to proposals for the integration of care services in Scotland either through a ... Read More

A Strategy for Self Directed Support

A Strategy for Self Directed Support
UNISON Scotland is committed to the principle of the right to independent living for all care users. We therefore welcome ... Read More

Social Care Procurement Guidelines

Social Care Procurement Guidelines
UNISON Scotland welcomes the publication of Guidelines on social care procurement and can support some aspects of them. However, we ... Read More

Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill Response

Children's Hearings (Scotland) Bill Response
UNISON Scotland wants to commend the consultation process which has taken place in the period since the last Draft Bill ... Read More

Draft Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill Response

Draft Children's Hearings (Scotland) Bill Response
UNISON Scotland has serious concerns at the effects this Draft Bill would have on our members’ ability to protect children ... Read More

Helping People Change Their Lives

Social Work Manifesto
A Social Work Manifesto for UNISON and BASW members in Scotland. UNISON & BASW welcome the positive steps taken in ... Read More

Creating and supporting an informed employer and employee relationship within the self-directed support sector

PA REport Final
SPAEN and UNISONScotland interviewed a small number of people who use direct payments to employ personal assistants and a similar ... Read More

YOUR RIGHTS AT WORK – a guide for Personal Assistants and their Employers

Your Rights at Work
A guide to your basic employment rights when employed as a Personal Assistant and your responsibilities if employing a Personal ... Read More


UNISONScotland believes that many of the requirements in the consultation are consistent with good practice. There will be resource implications ... Read More

Charter for care staff employed through ‘direct payments’

Direct Payments
UNISON, Scotland's public service union, announced on 1 May 2007 that it has agreed with a number of key Scottish disabled ... Read More

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