Social work students launch petition for equal treatment in Scotland

A letter signed by over 300 students on social work courses and calling for fair treatment has been snubbed by ministers and officials, forcing the students to launch a formal petition to the Scottish Parliament. When social work undergraduates spend nine months on full-time placements in their third and fourth years there are no bursaries …

Guidance launched to improve media reporting of social workers

New advice has been launched to provide more protection for social workers at risk of abuse and harassment as a result of media coverage. The guidelines for media outlets were developed after social workers approached the Social Workers Union Campaign Fund with harrowing stories about the impact of poor media reporting about the profession. The …

Rampant food insecurity hitting most vulnerable

Two-thirds (64%) of social workers have reported concerns about families being able to provide food for children, according to new research. The figures, from the campaign group Food Is Care, have uncovered a scale of food poverty and insecurity not seen before. The Group is being supported by the Social Workers Union Campaign Fund, run …

Social workers case loads putting vulnerable at risk

Almost two-thirds 58% of social workers say their caseloads are unmanageable, according research for Social Workers Union, the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and LBC Radio, carried out by Campaign Collective. With almost all social workers (97%) saying that the vulnerable would be better protected if case loads were lighter, the Union and BASW …

Food Is Care campaign given extra boost

A vital anti-poverty campaign has been given extra support thanks to the Social Workers Union Campaign Fund, which operates in partnership with Campaign Collective. The #FoodIsCare campaign, led by social worker Dominic Watters (@SingleDadSW), aims to uncover the extend of food poverty in the UK and call for more support for social workers and the vulnerable people …