Date: Fri 24 Mar 2006
UNISON urges Executive - Implement Social Work report
Social work delegates from across Scotland, will meet in Glasgow
today (Friday) to discuss the recommendations in the Report of the
21st Century Social Work Review.
UNISON has already welcomed the broad thrust of the report as reflecting
the concerns, frustrations and aspirations of many social work staff.
Today delegates from across Scotland will hear Willie Roe, the Chair
of the 21 Century Social Work Review group, and discuss its recommendations
in greater detail.
It is likely that they will to urge the Executive and employers
to recognise the problems of blame culture, and lack of staffing
and financial resources highlighted by the report.
The meeting will take place from 11.30am to 3.30pm, in UNISON's
Glasgow City Branch Office, 18 Albion Street, Glasgow. If journalists
wish to attend, can they contact Mandy McDowall, (numbers below).
Stephen Smellie, Chair of UNISONScotland's Social Work Issues Group
said: "We will be considering the recommendations of the Report
in full, but we have already welcomed its emphasis on the critical
role of a highly skilled workforce and the need to ensure the best
use of these skills; the proposals for a range of career options
and a national recognition and reward framework reflecting career
pathways and competence.
"The review has also accepted many of the points UNISON made regarding
the need for politicians, the media and indeed society, to change
their attitude to social work staff. It is perhaps a pity that prominent
politicians have again resorted to kneejerk reactions so soon after
this report. They really must accept that there is no magic wand
that can solve every problem 100% of the time. Particularly when
staff face huge workloads and increased demand with low resources.
"We want the Scottish Executive to implement this report and to
work with us, local authorities, the independent sector employers,
users and carers to take forward Scotland's Social Work services.
We will continue to call for the resources necessary to make sure
that services continue to improve.”
For Further Information Please Contact: Stephen Smellie
(Chair - Social Work issues group) 07740 096 864(m) Mandy McDowall
(Regional officer - Social work) 07903 846 427(m) Chris Bartter
(Communications Officer) 0845 355 0845(w) 0771 558 3729(m)