Aberdeenshire UNISON

Social Work Issues 17th August 2009


UNISON Scotland, along with the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has recently launched a Manifesto for Social Work.

The Manifesto contains ten demands that need to be addressed to resolve key problems affecting social work in Scotland.

Kate Ramsden, Branch Chair and member of UNISON Scotland's Social Work Issues Group said, "UNISON and BASW will now be campaigning for those demands to be met, to enable all social work staff to provide the best possible service to all their service users."

She added, "UNISON's recent survey of staffing has revealed that the problems of social work stem from an increase in demand across the whole range of services. This increase has not been matched by any corresponding increase in resources.

"Both UNISON and BASW believe that this is leading to increasing stress and burnout in dedicated and enthusiastic staff which needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

"The Branch has sent out copies of the Manifesto to all members in social work, along with a short questionnaire to find out what you think of the manifesto and whether you think there is more that can be done at a local level to highlight the issues for social work.

"We would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire and return it to the UNISON Resource Centre at the Freepost address by Friday 28th August."