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Flexible working in social care

A series of products to help make flexible working work well

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Unison, Social Workers Union and BASW England - the professional association for social work and social workers

In 2021 Community Care found that access to flexible working is the biggest benefit that social care workers seek when looking for a new job. In practice, it can be hard to come by.

We have worked with social care teams, occupational therapists, trade unions and professional leads to discover more and produce a suite of products to help you make flexible working work as part of wider agile working arrangements.

In developing the products, in partnership with the Social Workers Union, the British Association of Social Workers and Unison, we wanted to be clear that flexible working can work for social care – social workers, occupational therapists, social care assessors. Equally, we recognise that this guidance is transferable across a whole range of roles, professions and organisations and for individuals, teams and managers.