TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO SWITCH TO DIRECT DEBIT PAYMENT METHOD IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN YOUR MEMBERSHIP. NOTE NO OTHER PAYMENT OPTION IS AVAILABLE AND SOON WE WILL CEASE TO ADD TO THE NUMEROUS REMINDERS .
If you paid for your UNISON subscription through a salary deduction, as shown on your pay slips, after transfer to the NPS or a “Probation Provider”, you will need to switch to paying by Direct Debit to remain a UNISON member. This will be a regular payment from your bank account, and the amount you pay remains the same based on your salary.
All you need to do is log in to our secure website, MyUNISON, https://www.unison.org.uk/my-unison/ ,and complete a Direct Debit bank instruction. We will not collect a Direct Debit payment until 30 July 2021. Until then, your current employer will process your subscriptions as usual.
If you’ve not used MyUNISON before, you will first need to register. You will need your membership number, if you don’t have this you can get it from your Branch or UNISON Direct on 0800 0 857 857. You can also contact UNISON Direct to set up your DD Instruction if you prefer.
Further Information on transfer to the NPS or other Probation Provider can be found at:
Social Work England (SWE), the regulator for social workers in England, is consulting on proposed changes to their requirements for social workers carrying out and recording continuing professional development (CPD). They are proposing to implement these changes from 1 December 2021. The Service Group has designed an online survey to get members views on SWE’s proposals. Branches are asked to email the survey link to their social worker members, encouraging them to complete it. A model branch email to send to members with the survey link is attached. The deadline for members to complete the survey is Friday 30 July. Member feedback will help shape UNISON’s response to SWE on behalf of all our social worker members.
Changes proposed by SWE include: increasing the CPD requirement from 1 to 2 pieces per year, with a set theme for 1 piece including an element of peer review merging the unstructured and structured forms into a single form making changes to our validation process, including focusing on specific parts of the sector (as opposed to a random selection) This consultation is important for members’ careers. Social workers are required to record CPD with SWE to renew their professional registration. The consultation comes at a time when social workers are under immense caseload and workload pressure, exacerbated by the pandemic. Changes to working practices such as home working have reduced opportunities for peer support. The survey results and UNISON’s response to SWE will be circulated to branches in due course. Many thanks for your help. With best wishes Jon Richards National Secretary Local Government, Police and Justice Section
TAKE OUR SURVEY HERE: https://survey.alchemer.eu/s3/90355378/Social-Work-England-CPD Your feedback will help shape UNISON’s response to SWE on behalf of all our social worker members We will share the UNISON consultation response with members. SWE aim to publish their consultation response and updated policy in autumn 2021. The new requirements will come into effect from 1 December 2021, after 2021 registration renewal. This means any changes will not affect this year’s renewal or CPD requirements. The requirement for registration in 2021 is one piece of CPD. If you want to view SWE’s full consultation proposal here is the link: https://www.socialworkengland.org.uk/about/consultations/cpd-consultation/
CRC staff who do not meet the nationality requirements for civil service employment face likely dismissal from NPS following the transfer on 26 June 2021. CRCs were asked to identify such staff to HMPPS last year and now we understand that meetings have been convened with affected CRC staff to explain this position to them.
Branches are asked to let this office know if there are any UNISON members affected by this. Members who find themselves in these circumstances should reserve their position and not enter into any agreements with their CRC or the NPS without first taking advice from UNISON.
Please note this is applicable to the NPS and will apply to all post restructuring
Please find attached the agreed position statement, which goes hand in hand with the revised Probation Supervision EDM formerly called OM EDM. The COVID home risk checklist and the standard home visit risk assessment are now live on Equip. The PS EDM will also be uploaded onto the Teams EDM library.
We’re pleased to announce that members can once again apply online to the CoVid Response Fund. By way of reminder, members who are in financial difficulties as a result of CoVid could be eligible for a grant of up to £500.
The application process is straightforward however anyone who cannot apply online can email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange for a form to be posted to them.
There will be many who are struggling at this present time and in need of help. We would therefore appreciate if you could do all you can to ensure your members are aware of the help that is available. We will also be carrying out various promotion activities over the coming weeks.
Please also remind members who are completing applications to ensure they include relevant supporting documents to avoid any delays to their application.