UNISON is increasingly concerned about the naming of social work members in court judgements and the impact this is having on staff wellbeing, morale, recruitment and retention following the practice guidance issued by Sir James Munby in February 2014. Since then a number of UNISON’s social work members have been named in what is often selective coverage of cases, causing enormous stress and exposing them and their families to public hostility. They are unable to defend themselves because of confidentiality obligations placed upon them, while senior managers and independent reviewing officers are often not named.
UNISON has made representation to the government, the LGA and Director bodies about the impact of the guidance and the union is pressing for a review of the impact of the guidance.
Click here to read UNISON’s guidance.