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Keeping Safe in the Workplace

A Guide for Social Work Practitioners

Helping People Change Their Lives - the UNISON and BASW Manifesto for social work members in Scotland recognises that people are essential to the quality of service provided.

There is no doubt that social work staff work in an increasingly difficult climate with rising demands not always matched with an increase in available resources. Staff are constantly overstretched and this can lead to stress, illhealth and burnout.

This Guide aims to help social work practitioners to keep themselves safe in the workplace; to recognise when they are becoming stressed or overloaded and to seek the necessary support from their employer, and where that fails, from their trade union and professional association.