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Scottish Mental Health Film FestivalUNISON Scotland sponsored Choose Life at Work - An exploration of mental health, discrimination and social justice using political song with Research Collections @ GCU and featuring Andy Smith. Followed by a workshop on suicide awareness with Choose Life.

UNISON now wants to sit down with the Festival and discuss a potential mental health learning festival in the spring


Supporting 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.

Policies and Publications
Responses and Briefings
Inadequate homecare training putting elderly and disabled at risk
23 April 2015 UNISON UK news release plus
Save care now! survey report (pdf)
Social workers cleared of contempt 27 March 2015
eBrief on contempt case (pdf) 27 March 2015
New Personal Assistants Project Update Aug 2014
Important guide fo representation in SSSC or PVG cases pdf
Contempt of court ruling on Edinburgh social workers - UNISON response 16 December
Putting the dignity (and radicalism) back into social care: Report on UNISON UK Social Care and Home Care Seminar Feb 2013
UNISON - Standing up for social care
Scotland’s Social Work Issues Group (SWIG) has taken a key role in highlighting the issues which face our members in social work and social care
Time To Tear Down Wall Of Secrecy Surrounding Social Work
Helping People Change Their Lives
Social Work Manifesto
A Social Work Manifesto for UNISON and BASW (now SASW) members in Scotland
Plus click here for Press release
STUC: Campaign for quality social care services: People protected every day due to social work
Stand Up NowStand Up For Social Work: What you can do in Community Care Campaign
27 Mar 09: Resource lesson needs to be learned from child protection inspections
4 Feb 09: Tories could deal with social worker crisis themselves: UNISON calls on the Tories to stop whingeing about social work shortages when they could take action to deal with the problem in many cases
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Voice from the sharp end Oct 2014
Voices from the sharp end Health & social care integration survey report October 2014

Workload and Supervision
Supervision and Workload Management negotiating resource updated March 2014

UNISON Scotland Care Integration Statement
July 2012 pdf
UNISON calls for a coherent strategy for social care services (press release 18 April 2012)
UNISON Scotland Manifesto for Social Care

Keeping safe in the workplace
Keeping Safe in the Workplace
-UNISON launches safety guide for social workers

How stressed are you? leaflet PDF
Stress at Work guide for stewards PDF

Raising voices against social care cuts : Contribution to Holyrood conference on social care PDF
Cash or Care? 10 essential questions for councils on personalisation - Branches urged to order booklet
Creating and supporting an informed employer/ employee relationship within the self directed support sector SPAEN/UNISON final report June 09 PDF
YOUR RIGHTS AT WORK - a guide for Personal Assistants and their Employers PDF
Direct PaymentsDirect Payments in Scotland: A Joint Position Statement agreed between UNISON Scotland and key Scottish disabled people's organisations, setting out our position on direct payments in Scotland PDF - Plus click here for Press release

Childs Welfare Paramount"Child's Welfare Paramount?" Asylum guidance booklet



Report of the 21st Century Social Work Review Briefing
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UNISON Scotland response to SSSC fitness to practice proposed changes pdf Oct 2013
Submission to Scottish Government Consultation on Children and Young People Bill pdfSep 2012
Inquiry into decision making on whether children should be taken into care: UNISON Scotland Response pdf Sept 2012
Social Care (Self Directed Support) (Scotland) Bill 2012: Response April 2012 pdf
Care Integration - Comments to Scottish Parliament Health & Sport Committee pdf
Proposed Rights of Children and Young People Bill: UNISON Response pdf
Inquiry into the Educational Attainment of Looked After Children Response pdf
National Guidance For Child Protection In Scotland response pdf
Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 Implementation Nov 2010 briefing PDF
UNISON Scotland response to Self Directed Support National Strategy 2010 pdf
Social Care Procurement Guidelines response pdf
Childrens Hearings (Scotland Bill) Stage 1 Submission to Scottish Parliament's Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee pdf
Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scotland Act 2007 - Consultation on Secondary Legislation (Feb 2008) pdf
Role of the Registered Social Worker response pdf
Government re-think on Children's Hearing Bill welcomed
UNISON makes voice heard on new Children’s Hearings Bill
New Children’s Hearing Bill will increase risk to vulnerable children (press release 6 Aug)
UNISON Scotland comments PDF
SCRA Branch comments PDF
The Looked After Children (Scotland) Regulations 2008: Second Consultation UNISON Response Jan 09 PDF
Jan 09: Response to the Scottish Government’s Consultation on the Introduction of Final Dates to achieve Registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)
Nov 08: UNISON Response to Consultation on the Reform of the Children's Hearings System
Safeguarding the Children in Scotland Who May Have Been Trafficked Response
March 07: Draft Children's Services (Scotland) Bill Response

Role of the Social Worker: Protection of Title Response

Inquiries and Inspections
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Asylum Seeker Children Campaign

"Child's Welfare Paramount?" Asylum guidance booklet

Asylum Seeker children and families: Update on developments January 2008
Asylum removals breach Scottish law
Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children Response
Independent Asylum Review Evidence
Asylum Seeker Children Briefing Paper




Inquiries and Inspections