UNISON is calling for an urgent legislative review following a contempt case verdict at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today (Monday) which could have wide-ranging implications for workers across Scotland.
Dave Watson, UNISON’s Scottish Organiser, said: “Our social work members have
an overriding duty to ensure the child’s welfare is paramount in all that they
do. However, it seems the paramountcy of the welfare of the children is not
considered relevant during contempt proceedings. This is quite clearly a
conflict of laws.
“Social work staff deal with complex and challenging cases on a daily basis
and this decision merely muddies the water and puts those working on the
frontline in a very difficult and vulnerable position.
“The fact that individuals, rather than the organisation they work for, have
been put in this position has wide-ranging implications for the
employer/employee relationship and could have a ripple effect on all frontline
“Today’s decision highlights the need for a legislative review and one that
ministers need to address as a matter of urgency.”