In the second week of our campaign to promote the Social Work Contract, Community Care and Unison have asked MPs to ensure social workers are paid or get time off in lieu (TOIL) for working additional hours.
In 2009, Social Work Task Force survey found 64% of social workers worked extra hours. A seperate survey by Unison showed they worked an average of 1.9 hours overtime per week without pay or TOIL.
Helga Pile, Unison’s national officer for social work, said: ”Heavy caseloads and high vacancy rates mean many social workers have little choice but to work late. And the stats back it up – 64% work extra hours. It’s not as if they can say ‘sorry, I’ve got to go’, when it hits five o’clock if a vulnerable child is depending on them.
“But social workers can’t keep picking up the slack; this constant overloading is not sustainable and lots of people in the profession are facing burnout.”
The Social Work Contract contains 10 points that will enable social workers to practice safely and effectively, one of which is giving social workers TOIL or pay for working additional hours.
Each week, Unison is writing to children’s secretary Tim Loughton, care services minister Paul Burstow, shadow children’s minister Sharon Hodgson and shadow care services minister Emily Thornberry, highlighting one part of the contract. Find out more