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. Click here for articles on social work and social care. See also important information for members registered with regulated bodies (eg SSSC)
UNISON Scotland campaigns actively on a range of issues relevant to our social work 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 have recently completed a Guide for Social Work Practitioners, Keeping Safe in the Workplace. At a UK level, UNISON has issued the Ethical Care Charter.
UNISON Scotland responds to consultations on social work matters, and we meet regularly with Scottish Government Ministers and with key civil servants. We have made our voice heard on the first draft Children’s Hearing Bill, and changes were made as a result of this.
UNISON Scotland also promotes the important role of our members in social work 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.
At present, Kate Ramsden is the branch’s representatives on SWIG but we would be pleased to hear from any other members who may be interested. SWIG meets four times a year, usually in Glasgow.