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Stop making overseas social workers scapegoats for government failures

STOP making overseas social workers scapegoats for government failings, the Social Workers Union (SWU) and the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) said today.

Recent government policy has focused on making it harder for migrant social workers to come to Britain, with Home Secretary James Cleverly laying out plans last month to ban them.

It comes amid a workforce crisis in the NHS.

SWU assistant general secretary Calum Gallacher said: “Overseas social workers make an enormous contribution to the health service here.

“Despite this, they face a number of barriers along the way, including practices that are tantamount to modern slavery and an unwelcome working environment fuelled by anti-immigration rhetoric.”

Duc Tran of the BASW said: “We must do more to celebrate the contribution of diaspora social workers and stop making them scapegoats for the failings of government policy.”

The two unions will be hosting the first-ever Diaspora Dialogues Conference at Brunel University on Monday to create a “safe haven” for overseas workers and raise awareness of their challenges.

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