Bill aims to protect Scots social workers

    Front-line child protection and mental health social workers look
    set to be covered in the Emergency Workers Bill in Scotland.

    MSP Margaret Smith, who sits on the committee that is considering
    the bill, said she was “very much persuaded” by the evidence
    presented to the committee last week from the British Association
    of Social Workers in Scotland and the Association of Directors of
    Social Work.

    Smith said the bill, which makes provisions to protect emergency
    workers in all sectors, should incorporate the protection of
    front-line child protection and mental health social workers.

    Ruth Stark, professional officer for BASW Scotland, said inclusion
    of social work staff in the bill would send an important message to
    prosecutors and the public that at times there was real danger in
    the job that social workers do.

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