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Motion ref. S6M-03183

World Social Work Day 2022

Submitted by: Fulton MacGregor, Coatbridge and Chryston, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Submitting member has a registered interest.

Supported by: Karen Adam, Clare Adamson, Jackie Baillie, Colin Beattie, Neil Bibby, Siobhian Brown, Stephanie Callaghan, Natalie Don, Bob Doris, Jackie Dunbar, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Annabelle Ewing, Joe FitzPatrick, Kenneth Gibson, Emma Harper, Bill Kidd, Rona Mackay, Ruth Maguire, John Mason, Paul McLennan, Stuart McMillan, Marie McNair, Carol Mochan, Audrey Nicoll, Paul O'Kane, Alex Rowley, Mark Ruskell, Colin Smyth (Registered interest ), Paul Sweeney, David Torrance, Evelyn Tweed
Current status: Achieved cross-party support

That the Parliament notes that 15 March is World Social Work Day 2022; understands that it has been celebrated since 2007 and that it aims to highlight the achievements and raise the visibility of social work and to defend social justice and human rights; recognises and praises social workers in Scotland, and across the world, for what it sees as the invaluable contribution they make to supporting communities and the difference they make to the lives of individuals and families; understands that this year’s theme is Co-building a New Eco-Social World: Leaving No One Behind; further understands that it presents a vision and action plan to create new global values, policies and practices that develop trust, security and confidence for all people through ensuring the sustainability of the planet; considers that World Social Work Day is an opportunity for networks and communities to engage around the values and principles of social work, which, it believes, enable all people to have their dignity respected through shared visions for what it sees as a more socially just future; acknowledges what it sees as the critical role played by social workers, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic; notes with concern reports of the impact that high caseloads have had on mental wellbeing and their capacity to effectively protect adults and children; believes that changes in the role of social work have resulted in it being about high-risk crisis and statutory intervention rather than early intervention and prevention; notes the view that the creation of a National Care Service offers a unique opportunity to reform and shape a new future for social work in Scotland, and further notes the view that this can only be achieved through engagement with the profession.