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RESPONSE TO CODES OF PRACTICE FOR SOCIAL CARE WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS

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Unison, the largest union in social care, today welcomed significant ...
Unison, the largest union in social care, today welcomed significant

revisions to the codes of practice for social care workers and employers,

particularly a re-balancing of the duties of employers and workers.

Unison had expressed concerns that in the draft codes, the burden of

responsibility had fallen unfairly heavily on the workers.

Unison today also welcomed the clause that it will be the duty of employers

to have 'systems in place to enable social care workers to report inadequate

resources or operational difficulties which might impede the delivery of

safe care.'

Unison senior national officer, Owen Davies said:

'We know that many members have serious anxieties about the way that the

councils will operate and, in particular, the danger that the

de-registration process will be abused as another way to attack overworked

social care staff trying to do their best in difficult circumstances.

'We are involved in talks with the councils to try to ensure that the system

is developed in a way that commands the confidence of the workforce as well

as that of service users.'

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