Social work and social care

UNISON is by far the largest union representing most social work and social care staff in Scotland. We represent social work and social care staff in all specialisms, social workers, residential workers, OTs, and professional, admin and clerical support staff. We also represent home care and care home staff. During the COVID-19 pandemic we have been active in supporting our members, working to ensure their health and safety, and in promoting the key work that they do to support our most vulnerable citizens.

Latest news

Black Workers and Covid – Call for action to tackle structural inequality and risk

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UNISON is calling for urgent action from both the Scottish and UK governments to recognise the increased risk of infection ... Read More

Important update for social care members – you should now get normal pay if self-isolating

Important update for social care members - you should now get normal pay if self-isolating
UNISON welcomes the Coronavirus (COVID-19): social care staff support fund guidance, announced by the Scottish Government on Thursday 25 June, ... Read More

Testing extended to weekly for all care home staff and to anyone with symptoms over 5

Testing extended to weekly for all care home staff and to anyone with symptoms over 5
It is important to note that there have again been changes to who can access the testing programme  announced by ... Read More

Update for members where Covid is in your care home – you can now be tested even if no symptoms

Update for members where Covid is in your care home - you can now be tested even if no symptoms
This is an update on who is eligible for testing for Covid-19. It has been confirmed that where one resident ... Read More

CoSLA calls for support and respect for council workers, “now more than ever”

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CoSLA has issued a press release condemning reports of the abuse of council workers providing essential services and calling for ... Read More

Scotland’s most vulnerable put at risk as social work services reach breaking point, warns UNISON

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UNISON Scotland has warned of a social work crisis as cuts have left the service struggling to cope. UNISON’s report ... Read More
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UNISON Scotland Social Work Issues Group

UNISON Scotland has a Social Work Issues Group (SWIG) with reps from branches across Scotland, specifically addressing Social Work issues.

UNISON Scotland campaigns actively on a range of issues relevant to our social work and social care members. We have issued a Manifesto for Social Work in Scotland, which we produced jointly with the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and we have taken the lead on issues such as direct payments. We have also issued a Workload Management and Supervision Negotiating Resource and a Guide for Social Work Practitioners, Keeping Safe in the Workplace.  SWIG recently updated our Guide to supporting asylum seekers, Refugee and Asylum in Scotland.  At a UK level, UNISON has issued the Ethical Care Charter.

UNISON Scotland also promotes the important role of our members in social work and social care in the media and we challenge negative press and media reporting. We believe that we have had some success in improving the profile of social work in the media and in promoting a better understanding of the work done by social work members and the pressures faced.

 For more information on UNISON Scotland’s work on social work issues, click here.

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