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Winning for social work paraprofessionals – Wed 10 May 1pm

All UNISON branch members who are social work assistants, family support workers and other skilled ‘paraprofessional’ staff who work in local authority social work teams are invited to sign up for this important webinar, organised by UNISON Scotland’s Social Work Issues Group (SWIG).
Winning for Social Work Paraprofessionals Wednesday 10 May from 1pm – 2.30pm

 Please register using Eventbrite: Winning for Social Work Paraprofessional Staff Tickets, Wed 10 May 2023 at 13:00 | Eventbrite

The meeting is open to all local authority ‘paraprofessional’ social work staff, so please share the registration link with your colleagues.

We will be sharing our SW paraprofessional survey results and discussing collective issues regarding pay, workload, and responsibilities and what we can do together to address these.

We will also share developments around a National Social Work Agency including proposals to make paraprofessionals a regulated profession via the SSSC.

Kate Ramsden
Kate Ramsden

Kate Ramsden, branch member and delegate to SWIG said, “The branch is encouraging as many as possible of you to go along.

“The pay and status of our paraprofessional staff in Aberdeenshire has been a source of deep concern to members and the branch over many years. This event is a follow on to the survey SWIG recently conducted that many of you will have taken part in.
“We hope that the survey and this event will help us to find a way forward to campaign for the pay and status of social work paraprofessionals to be properly recognised, valued and paid its worth. The question of registration for this group of staff is now under active consideration by SSSC so come and have your say on that too.”


1pm – 1.45pm
Introduction – Kate Ramsden, UNISON Scotland Social Work Issues Group & UNISON Aberdeenshire

The proposed National Social Work Agency – what it could mean for paraprofessional staff – Stephen Smellie, Chair Social Work Issues Group & Vice-convenor UNISON Scotland

Key Findings from UNISON’s survey of paraprofessional social work staff in Scotland: what you told us – Susan Galloway, UNISON Scotland Policy team.

1.45pm – 2.15pm   Discussion

2.15 – 2.30   Summary and Next Steps