A member of the Scottish Parliament has urged fellow MSPs to back Community Care’s Stand Up Now for Social Work campaign to improve media coverage of the profession.
Labour member Ken Macintosh – a former BBC TV producer – has put forward a motion in support of the campaign, which MSPs will have the opportunity to sign.
The motion reads:-
That the Parliament expresses its support for the Stand Up Now for Social Work campaign, which recognises the vital contribution of social workers to a fair and caring society, calls on government, employers and the media to promote respect for the profession and asks for balanced coverage of social work issues, including the reporting of positive images of the care provided to some of Scotland’s most vulnerable individuals, and agrees that the vast majority of social workers are to be applauded for their efforts in difficult and challenging circumstances.
The ‘16298’news comes ahead of a debate today in the parliament on another motion in support of the Association of Directors of Social Work-led campaign to raise the public standing of the profession, Social Work Changes Lives.
The motion, from SNP member Christina McKelvie, has won the support of 27 other MSPs.