Unison Workplace Zone
Community Care and Unison working together for Social Care
In the third of our series about the people behind Unison, Community Care talks to Alan Clyne, adult social worker and convenor at Surrey council
A social work student recounts how her second practice placement not only made her feel helpless and unsupported but also led to the termination of her social work course.
Social work students being given unsupervised responsibility for risk and safeguarding assessments on placement
As the new standards for practice educators come into effect, a survey by Community Care reveals the quality of placements is still highly variable
The number of people prosecuted for assault on NHS staff is rising rapidly year on year thanks to NHS Protect, its national system for recording incidents. Max Daly looks at what social care could take away from this approach.
Our latest investigation into violence in the sector suggests care staff are more likely to be subjected to threats and abuse than qualified social workers.
In the second of our look at the people behind the Unison, Community Care caught up with occupational therapist Kirsten Hey, a union steward for health and social care in Edinburgh council.
Should social workers take responsibility for helping service users negotiate the complex and ever-changing benefits system? Mathew Little reports
Unison has slammed the way social workers and other local government staff are compensated for the cost of running their cars, claiming neither the current National Joint Council allowance nor the HM Revenue and Customs mileage rates are fair.
"We are notoriously bad at standing up for ourselves because we spend the whole time standing up for everyone else," says UNISON branch secretary Paula Black.
Councils in England are in the midst of translating the Professional Capabilities Framework into a tool for developing the skills and experience of social workers. Tristan Donovan finds out how.
Quarter of social care professionals say initial assessments are carried out through call centres, while there has been an apparent fall in face-to-face assessments, finds Community Care's annual personalisation survey.
Over 80% of social care practitioners say personalisation has led to more bureaucracy in their role, an increase on last year, finds Community Care's annual personalisation survey.
Half of social care professionals expect personal budgets to be good for service users but most say users not involved in making personalisation happen, finds Community Care survey.
Just a quarter of social care professionals believe all eligible users will be on personal budgets by 2013 as government intends, finds Community Care's personalisation survey.
Budget reductions are limiting chioce for users and resources are not allocated in line with need , say professionals responding to Community Care's annual survey on personalisation.
Big changes are afoot for child protection inspections in England. From 1 May Ofsted will conduct unannounced inspections of local authority child protection arrangements and focus more on examining the work of frontline social workers.
So how should social workers prepare for the new inspection regime?