Motion ref. S6M-00340
New Support Service Established for Social Workers
Submitted by: Fulton MacGregor, Coatbridge and Chryston, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Thursday, June 10, 2021
Supported by: Colin Beattie, Siobhian Brown, Stephanie Callaghan, Bob Doris, Annabelle Ewing, Christine Grahame, Fiona Hyslop, Bill Kidd, John Mason, Paul McLennan, Stuart McMillan, Audrey Nicoll, Paul Sweeney, Elena Whitham
That the Parliament commends a new free social work support service that aims to alleviate the stress and pressures faced by workers in the profession because of the COVID-19 pandemic; understands that it was established after research by the Social Workers’ Benevolent Trust suggested that up to 75% of social workers described themselves as emotionally and mentally exhausted, with almost 25% seeking professional help; notes that the support service will offer them a platform to talk and think through any issues that they might be facing with a fully-trained volunteer coach; recognises that social workers who want to support their peers can volunteer to become coaches themselves, and will receive full training in coaching and mentoring; recognises that the peer to peer service is being funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by the Scottish Association of Social Work in partnership with Strengthening Practice; praises social workers for their vital and diligent work during the pandemic; acknowledges the additional stress and pressure that the events over this time have put on the sector, and applauds all those who came together to establish this important support service.