Policy, Ethics & Human Rights Committee
This standing committee is an authority on ethical issues in social work and is responsible for promoting BASW UK policy at a time of significant and exciting change for the profession. The committee is responsible for commissioning and approving the Association’s UK policy and practice guidance. In 2012 the committee approved a new Code of Ethics, a Supervision Policy and a CPD Policy. Further policies are in development. Members serve for a two year period with meetings taking place six times per year.
Lesley McDowell (Chair)
Beverley Prevatt Goldstein
David N Jones
Keisha Melissa Smith
As the Government response to the Francis report into care failings at Mid Staffs hospitals is published, the Social Workers Union has echoed the call for whistle blowers to be protected, and said that directors of social services must take more responsibility to root out the culture of bullying and fear experienced by many social workers employed by local authorities.
26th March 2013
Speaking at a celebration event in Westminster later today, BASW Interim Chief Executive Bridget Robb will tell an audience of MPs and social work professionals that money is not the answer to all of the current problems faced by local authority services and make a plea for both sides to work together.
18th March 2013
BASW has endorsed a major report that lifts the lid on the lack of multi-agency understanding about how to tackle human slavery and called on social workers to “play their part” to stop this abuse.
12th March 2013
In a Huffington Post blog, BASW’s press officer assesses how the media is being used to promote the government’s proposals on welfare reform by demonising benefit claimants such as mum of 11 Heather Frost. Ms Frost hit the headlines after claims that she has demanded a £400,000 ‘eco mansion’ be built by Tewkesbury council.
21st February 2013
Writing for the Guardian Social Care Network, BASW's acting chief executive Bridget Robb explains why the Mid Staffs NHS scandal is also a disgrace shared by the social work profession.
6th February 2013
BASW is advising social workers not to blur professional boundaries during the festive season and to think about the consequences for their own privacy and safety.
13th December 2012
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