UNISON welcomes West Sussex jobs move

Council brings safeguarding jobs back in house, citing fears that children are at risk because privatised contract delivers too few assessments

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)

Add your name to the call to save nursery school funding

Sign the petition to parliament and help make sure nursery schools in England are properly funded

Funding cuts threaten nursery schools, unions warn Greening

UNISON joins fellow unions, charities and others involved in early years education to sign open letter

Keeping statutory duties for children the right move, says UNISON

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Ill-conceived government plans to remove statutory duties protecting children should never have been put forward. “Social workers recognised the danger of removing decades of child protection law, it’s a pity ministers didn’t bother to ask them about the risks posed by the proposals. “The Lords have seen sense and […]

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

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

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, […]

Finding a role in the union

Debbie Silvester joined a UNISON campaign to protect her pay – and found more to the union than she’d expected

Childcare changes could put children at risk, warns UNISON

Childcare workers will be stretched beyond reasonable limits if government increases number of children they can look after