LGA survey shows social workers are struggling to cope

The government must give councils the cash they need to recruit more child protection staff and keep all children safe

UNISON vows to campaign on child marriage

National conference calls on ILO to count girls in forced childhood marriage as child labour

Plans to let councils opt out of legal duties to children dropped

UNISON welcomes government move after months of campaigning on Children and Social Work Bill (England)

Social work reform survey report

Social workers reject government reforms as unsafe, says UNISON

Government plans to reform the delivery of children’s social care have been overwhelmingly rejected by practising social workers in a new report published today (Wednesday) by UNISON. UNISON says the proposals could prove dangerous for children and fail to tackle any of the fundamental problems social workers deal with on a daily basis. UNISON says […]

UNISON backs petition to protect children’s care rights in England

Members and the public are urged to back the call to ‘protect the rights of vulnerable children and care leavers’ from plans in new bill

UK urged to act before bulldozers enter The Jungle at Calais

UNISON urges members to sign petition calling on UK to accept responsibilities and allow children on their own to come to UK

UNISON leads campaign to save Bolton children’s centres

Union launches protest after council announces merger plan that will see two thirds of centres closed

Social work bill ‘does nothing to address the real problems’

UNISON joins professional associations and academic bodies to condemn plans to give ministers control over social work regulation in England

The Trade Union Bill: John’s story

My name is John Brisbane and I work as a staff nurse in a child and adolescent mental health unit

Stars in our schools

Join UNISON’s search for the unsung heroes of our schools

Council cuts could mean more children in need let down

Billions of pounds of cuts mean that few councils can cope with demands from young people

Blackpool fights back against nursery cuts

UNISON Blackpool is fighting back against plans to close the last two council-run nurseries in the town. A march and rally on 27 July followed protests last week against the council’s plans to close its final nurseries, in Grange Park and Talbot and Brunswick. The nurseries, both of which are in deprived parts of the town, are well-used, […]