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SWU Health and Safety during Covid-19: Position Statement

Updated 30 November 2020

The Social Workers Union (SWU) is a specialist union for social workers with 13000 members.

SWU is affiliated to the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU).

SWU members have expressed concerns about safety at work during the Covid-19 pandemic. The professional association for social work and social workers, BASW, which has a memorandum of understanding with SWU, is producing ethical and practice guidance. Both SWU and BASW are lobbying government and those leading Covid-19 strategy for appropriate equipment, advice,  support and resources for social workers.

This position statement sets out SWU’s position as a Trade Union on health and safety at work. The position statement is based on GFTU’s position and reflects TUC advice. It is endorsed by BASW.

Published 02 April 2020

Updated V2 Nov 2020

The position statement is for members of SWU and is useful for all social workers.