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Stand Up Now for Social Work

(http://www.communitycare.co.uk/stand).

The campaign has three central aims:

1. Better media coverage of social work (to achieve better public perceptions of the profession)

2. More government support (the government has supported the police and teaching, with the ‘Those who can, teach’ campaign – social work deserves something similar)

3. Better support from employers (lots of local authorities refuse to allow social workers to tell their positive stories to the press. The result is that the only coverage the profession gets is when there is a child death. LAs need better, more proactive PR to tell the good news)

Unison members can support the campaign in a number of ways.

1) Sign our petition on the Downing Street website, showing how strongly you object to negative coverage in newspapers like The Sun: http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Backsocialwork

2) Ask your MP to support an early day motion (no. 692, tabled by John Hemming MP on 04/02/09), calling on the House of Commons to "support Community Care magazine in its campaign for support for social work": http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=37745&SESSION=899

You can contact your MP online – visit the following site, enter your postcode and you will be given details about your local MP and a form allowing you to contact them: www.writetothem.com

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