Council is the governing body of BASW and Council members are personally liable for the sound management of the Association as Directors.
Current members of Council are:
Guy Shennan (Chair)
Maggie Mellon (Vice Chair & Chair Policy, Ethics & Human Rights Committee)
Luke Geoghegan (Chair Finance & Human Resources Committee)
Allan Orrick (England Committee representative)
Jonathan Dudley (England Committee representative)
Marcella Leonard (Northern Ireland Committee representative)
Colin Reid (Northern Ireland Committee representative)
Dave Thomson (Scotland Committee representative)
To be announced (Scotland Committee representative)
Ian Ellison (Wales Committee representative)
To be announced (Wales Committee representative)
As family court transparency charity the Transparency Project today publishes guidance about the recording of social workers by parents where there is local authority involvement, BASW Vice Chair Maggie Mellon said social workers should allow such recording and be happy to put their practice “on the record”.
17th December 2015
BASW has called for greater cohesion in the planning of services following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. The main announcement regarding social care was local authorities being given the green light to increase council tax by 2% each year, provided this is ring-fenced to adult social care. Mental health is to receive a £600m investment, while children’s social care spending has remained static at more than £300m per year.
26th November 2015
BASW is supporting a new report launched by charity One in Four that reveals the devastating long-term impact of child sexual abuse on individuals and society and calls for greater awareness by health-related professionals and better access to specialist treatment services for survivors.
24th November 2015
BASW members have expressed concerns that the review of children’s residential care will not be an authentic consultation with the sector and is actually an attempt to extend the Government’s privatisation agenda.
3rd November 2015
BASW response to Law Commission on Mental Capacity & DoLs
2nd November 2015
Social workers welcome refugees to the UK – joint statement and call for action by the Association of Professors of Social Work (APSW), British Association of Social Workers (BASW), Joint University Council Social Work Education Committee (JUC SWEC) and Social Work Action Network (SWAN)
30th October 2015
BASW Chief Executive Bridget Robb says the swell of support for Jeremy Corbyn as new Leader of the Labour Party shows how out of touch the Government is about the public appetite for privatisation.
14th September 2015
BASW CEO Bridget Robb has described the publication of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) review as ‘the first step in a wider discussion of its future’. As the preferred bidder for the College of Social Work (TCSW) assets, BASW is currently in discussion regarding the transfer of ownership and hosting of the PCF once TCSW officially closes at the end of September. The PCF review was commissioned by the government before the TCSW closure announcement and was prompted by a range of changes in the professional and policy environment for social work, including the introduction of Knowledge and Skills Statements from the two Chief Social Workers.
11th September 2015
BASW is calling on the British Government to receive those fleeing war, persecution, and devastation in their home countries with respect and dignity and is urging its members to sign a petition to up the number of refugees being accepted into the UK.
4th September 2015
The biggest event of the year in the social work calendar will take place from 6-9 September, when hundreds of social workers from all over Europe gather in Edinburgh.
25th August 2015
BASW vice chair Maggie Mellon explains why social workers should join their professional association.
13th August 2015
BASW Professional Officer Joe Godden reflects on the initial stages of Care Act implementation
4th August 2015
Following a survey of members, 75% of whom work in a local authority setting, the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) is highlighting a risk of the principles of the care act being lost due to patchy training for social workers. 60% of all respondents said training had been provided ‘in house’ by their employer.
30th June 2015
Emotions were running high at a meeting in parliament to discuss the statutory inquiry into child sexual abuse.
27th June 2015
The British Association of Social Workers is launching its newly agreed 2020 Vision for the future of the Association. In this statement of intent, BASW, the member-led professional association for social workers, sets out its aim to be the strong independent voice of social work and social workers.
26th June 2015
BASW statement on the closure of the College of Social Work
24th June 2015
Inspired by social work passion - BASW Chair reflects on austerity demo
22nd June 2015
BASW is hosting a Twitter debate on the social worker’s role in the age assessment of asylum seekers on Monday 8 June between 6pm and 8pm.
28th May 2015
Maggie Mellon responds to the Daily Mail feature about Denise Robertson's new book.
28th May 2015
BASW’s vice chair Maggie Mellon has described a fall in adoption orders following two landmark family court judgements as an opportunity to stop and think about what is really happening in the lives of our most vulnerable children.
14th May 2015
BASW PROGAR celebrates the 10th anniversary of the lifting of donor anonymity in assisted conception
BASW's Project Group on Assisted Reproduction (PROGAR) is proudly celebrating the tenth anniversary of the lifting of donor anonymity for all sperm, egg and embryo donors whose donation is used to create a new life.
1st April 2015
The Prime Minister will reveal a package of new measures to combat child sexual exploitation (CSE) at a summit bringing together leaders from local authorities, children's services, health professionals, Chief Constables and experts in child protection today in Downing Street.
5th March 2015
The Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB) has today published its serious case review (SCR) into the services provided to the victims of seven men convicted in 2013 of 59 offences of child sexual exploitation.
5th March 2015
As Chancellor George Osborne today signs off a £6bn deal dubbed ‘Devo Manc’ to give Greater Manchester control of its health budget, BASW professional officer Joe Godden assesses the pros and cons.
27th February 2015
Following claims by a former senior social worker that police failed to act on child abuse allegations in Nottinghamshire care homes on number of occasions, BASW has welcomed the shift to a ‘culture of belief’.
20th February 2015
BASW membership has passed 17,000 for the first time in the Association’s history, with record numbers in all four UK countries.
18th February 2015
Chief Social Worker for Adults Lyn Romeo is working with the Northern writers Centre and University of Newcastle to publish an anthology of fictional short stories to be written by well-known UK authors.
13th February 2015
Representatives from five political parties are to be quizzed on their policies by the region’s social workers. The Black Country Branch of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) is hosting a hustings event at Wolverhampton University on Thursday, 19 February. This is a free event and all are welcome to attend.
13th February 2015
The Department for Education’s Social Work Reform Unit is inviting social work teaching partnerships to express interest in becoming an early adopter teaching partnership in 2015-16.
11th February 2015
As the Home Office analyses the response to a consultation on Introducing mandatory reporting for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), BASW has warned against blurring the boundaries between social work and other agencies such as the police and health.
11th February 2015
BASW, The Law Society, Bar Council and National Union of Journalists (NUJ) have come together as the Professionals for Information Privacy Coalition to express a shared concern in response to the current proposals contained in the draft code of practice for RIPA.
10th February 2015
Frontline response to BASW news release: You cannot buy experience: BASW concerns over new Frontline management scheme
Frontline response to BASW news release: You cannot buy experience: BASW concerns over new Frontline management scheme
5th February 2015
BASW has raised questions over the allocation of £1.8m from the Department for Education children’s social care innovation programme to Frontline for its ‘Firstline prototype’ training scheme for first-line managers in children’s social care.
4th February 2015
Following claims that victims of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham continue to be let down and that problem’s worse than ever, local MP Sarah Champion is leading calls for a national task force to be established to combat the problem. Ms. Champion told Sky News she has been "overwhelmed" with new cases coming to her for help and advice.
29th January 2015
BASW marks Holocaust Memorial Day
27th January 2015
BASW statement on White Flowers CSA campain.
14th January 2015
BASW has called for greater cross-country working to deter sex offenders following the conviction of a British man for sexual offences against children in Kenya.
18th December 2014
BASW has called for a review to uncover why black people are three times more likely to be compulsorily admitted for psychiatric treatment than white people in England.
18th December 2014
A proposed skills 'checklist' for social workers in adult services risks putting unrealistic expectations on what they should know after their first year in employment, the British Association of Social Workers warned.
11th December 2014
The Department for Education has published a response to the consultation on a knowledge and skills statement of what a child and family social worker needs to be able to do at the end of a first year of practice.
28th November 2014
BASW is backing a new report recommending the immediate closure of all Winterbourne-style institutions in favour of greater community provision. The report, written by Sir Stephen Bubb, CEO of ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations) was commissioned by Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England to “explore how a new national framework of support might be delivered locally”.
26th November 2014
BASW response to Coffey inquiry report.
30th October 2014
BASW response to BBC film Baby P: The Untold Story
27th October 2014
As Coventry City Council today launches a hard-hitting ad campaign to recruit social workers that references the death of Daniel Pelka, BASW Chief Executive Bridget Robb has praised the initiative.
8th September 2014
BASW professional officer Sue Kent comments on the results of an FOI request from Action for Children showing that one in three children are separated from siblings in foster care
8th September 2014
SASW comment on Fatal Accident Inquiry Declan Hainey
5th September 2014
BASW response to knowledge & skills statement for children's social workers
1st August 2014
BASW England Children & Families reference group is urging members to support a campaign to establish a national inquiry into organised abuse by contacting their local MP.
20th June 2014
BASW comment on delegating children's social care function consultation
19th May 2014
Bridget Robb has been appointed Chief Executive of the British Association of Social Workers on a permanent basis after emerging successfully from a competitive recruitment process.
14th May 2014
MLAs challenged to become social workers for the day as report reveals lack of understanding of role
NIASW is challenging the country’s MLAs to spend a day on the job so they can see the challenges facing care services for themselves. NIASW say a lack of understanding about the social work role in adult care services is affecting the quality of services being offered as it launches a “blueprint” for improvement at Stormont today.
12th May 2014
BASW has pledged its commitment to working with CQC to address the problem of a national shortage of ‘places of safety’ where young people who experience episodes of mental ill health in public places can be taken.
16th April 2014
BASW: Croisdale-Appleby report combines academic rigour with deep understanding of the social work profession
BASW has praised Professor David Croisdale-Appleby’s report Re-visioning social work education: an independent review for its “academic rigour” and depth of engagement with a wide range of stakeholders.
27th February 2014
26th February 2014
Social work is a single, internationally recognised profession and the social work role cannot be split into a distinct checklist of skills needed for adults and children’s social work, the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has said in response to Sir Martin Narey’s report into the future of children’s social work training.
13th February 2014
BASW is concerned that a number of social work employers in England, particularly but not exclusively local authorities, could be acting in contravention of the law in the way they are approaching the issue of social workers in their employment and membership of The College of Social Work (TCSW).
31st January 2014
The tragic death of the six Philpott children in Derby underlines the “uncomfortable” truth that sometimes it can be impossible to predict risk to children, BASW’s Chief Executive Bridget Robb said.
24th January 2014
BASW has described comments made by Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw that social workers need to send out “tough messages” about taking responsibility to parents “who behave badly” as an oversimplification of the complexities of child protection.
23rd January 2014
As the public hearings stage of The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA) begins, NIASW has described the inquiry as a "watershed moment" for adult survivors of childhood abuse in Northern Ireland.
16th January 2014
As Human Rights Day is celebrated all over the world today, BASW Professional Officer Nushra Mansuri pays tribute to Nelson Mandela. She writes …
10th December 2013
BASW Professional Officer Sue Kent welcomes the news that looked after children can stay with their foster carers up to the age of 21 years rather than be forced to become independent at the age of 18 but queries why young people in residential care have been left out.
5th December 2013
Writing for politics.co.uk, BASW Chief Executive Bridget Robb assesses a week of 'Govian spin' and the Department for Education's hijacking of the press conference into the Hamzah Khan Serious Case Review.
14th November 2013
BASW response to Gove's speech at the NSPCC on social work training.
12th November 2013
In a speech to the National Children and Adults Services Conference (NCAS) in Harrogate last week, health secretary Jeremy Hunt said residential care should be is “a last rather than a first option” as British people should follow the example of people in Asia, by taking in elderly relatives. BASW England Manager Ruth Cartwright, offers a response.
21st October 2013
As West Sussex coroner Penelope Schofield rules that neglect contributed to five out of 19 deaths at Orchid View care centre, and that the then Southern Cross run home was riddled with "institutionalised abuse", BASW professional officer Joe Godden looks at what went wrong.
21st October 2013
As a joint BBC/ Community Care magazine investigation reveals a disturbing lack of beds available for people with mental health needs, BASW has likened the situation to a "crisis on the level of Mid-Staffs".
17th October 2013
As new research from charity Leonard Cheshire Disability shows the public agree that the practice of restricting care visits to elderly and disabled people to just 15 minutes is unacceptable, BASW has pledged its support for the campaign and called on local authorities to reconsider current commissioning models.
7th October 2013
As a Significant Case Review into the murder of Glasgow foster carer Dawn McKenzie is published, the Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW – part of BASW) stressed the need for social workers to be given time and support to use their skills.
2nd October 2013
Ofsted: Changing ‘adequate’ councils to ‘requires improvement’ won’t help staff morale or public perception
As Ofsted publishes a new single inspection framework, BASW has raised questions about the potential negative impact changing the terminology used to describe current council ratings could have on staff morale and public perception of social workers.
26th September 2013
NIASW: Spotlight in the NI child sexual exploitation inquiry should be shone firmly on the perpetrators, not on social workers and care staff
Following the announcement by Health Minister Edwin Poots that there will be an inquiry into reportedly widespread child sexual exploitation in Northern Ireland, NIASW has raised concerns about the tone of some of the current debate on the topic in the media, saying that focus must remain on the perpetrators, not on social workers and care staff.
26th September 2013
BASW has welcomed Peter Hay's honesty for telling Birmingham councillors an “honest culture” within the council’s child protection services is needed.
16th August 2013
On the day that Magdelena Luczak, the mother of Daniel Pelka and her partner Mariusz Krezolek were both given life sentences at Birmingham Crown Court, BASW has urged that this tragic case not be used as an opportunity to demoralise the profession.
2nd August 2013
After a government-commissioned report said that children’s services in Doncaster should no longer be run by the council, BASW has cautioned that the initiative must not mirror current structures if it is to be successful.
16th July 2013
BASW’s growing membership shows its message is reaching social workers and the profession is “standing together in difficult times”, said the Association’s Chief Executive Bridget Robb. Addressing delegates at BASW’s Annual General Meeting in Derby on 27 June, Ms Robb highlighted a rise in membership from 13,566 in Oct 2011 to 14,075 in September 2012.
4th July 2013
Responding to the publication of the Comprehensive Spending Review for 2015/16, BASW said
26th June 2013
As the Care Quality Commission (CQC) hits the headlines for failing to properly inspect maternity and children’s services at NHS Morecambe Bay, and for suppressing a critical report, Ruth Cartwright writes…
24th June 2013
BLOG: International Missing Children's Day - We must make children aware of the dangers without ruining their childhoods
Social worker Janet Foulds writes on the release of the PACT/ CEOP report Taken,which calls for a revamp of ‘stranger-danger’ warnings in the wake of findings which show that in 42 per cent of police reports studied, the abductor or would-be abductor was not known to the child.
24th May 2013
As the Care Inquiry publishes its findings of an eight-month inquiry into the care system by eight leading children’s charities, including the Fostering Network, TACT and the British Association for Adoption and Fostering, BASW professional officer Sue Kent examines the issues.
1st May 2013
BASW professional officer Joe Godden on Labour’s plans to launch an independent commission led by former Department of Health specialist Sir John Oldham to investigate how best to integrate health and social care.
23rd April 2013
As Alan Milburn and Baroness Shephard, chairman and deputy chairman of a new Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission call on Government to do more to meet the global 2020 target on child poverty, Nushra Mansuri has described the latest statistics on the number of children defined as being impoverished "a sorry state of affairs for one of the richest economies in the world".
23rd April 2013
BASW has described Ofsted’s decision to inspect local authority child protection and services for children who are looked after under a single, combined framework as “puzzling”, and urges the inspectorate to reveal its evidence base.
12th April 2013
Following reports of the Department for Education’s (DfE) decision to pull funding from the Children’s Improvement Board (CIB), BASW has described it as a “callous move” that constitutes a major blow to the children’s reform programme.
11th April 2013
BASW statement on Sandwell council children's services being rated 'inadequate' by Ofsted.
9th April 2013
BASW responds to the Philpott arson case sentencing.
4th April 2013
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
The vital role that social workers play in reducing inequality was the clear message sounded at BASW’s event to mark World Social Work Day in Westminster.
20th 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
As a new report from MPs claims the youth justice system is currently failing children in care and care leavers, BASW has reiterated the need to treat looked after children as individuals. The report by the Commons' Justice Committee said vulnerable children were being drawn into the criminal justice system in a way that those from family homes were not. Committee chairman, Lib Dem MP Sir Alan Beith, commented that the committee had even heard one example where police had been called to a children's home to investigate a broken cup.
14th 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
BASW has responded to comments made by home secretary Theresa May that the Government “can only do so much” and that people must speak out against violence against women and girls, with a reminder that cuts to services are leaving many unprotected.
8th March 2013
Following the failings identified by the Jimmy Savile case and the exploitation of young girls by gangs, the director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer QC has called for a new approach to tackle child sexual exploitation prosecutions, so that claims are taken seriously and cases are not dropped at an early stage. Mr Starmer has been quoted as saying police and Crown lawyers need to change the way they deal with cases of alleged sex abuse to avoid “another Savile moment.” BASW professional officer Sue Kent, who will be attending a roundtable meeting with the DPP to discuss proposed reforms, explains.
7th March 2013
BASW: Ministers must understand that the situation for many social workers is deteriorating not improving
BASW has responded to education secretary Michael Gove’s assertion that the current social work reform agenda will enable social workers to spend the time they need with at risk children by calling for more far reaching reforms of practice, training and funding.
6th March 2013
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has issued strong support for today's comments by Baroness Butler-Sloss, Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on Adoption Legislation, who has taken on board the message from social work that the Government's focus on driving up the number of adoptions should not ignore the need for better post-adoption support, more accurate data on adoption breakdown and the reality that adoption is not suitable for all children.
6th 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 professional officer Sue Kent examines how Facebook is increasingly being used for unplanned communication between adoptive and birth families.
13th February 2013
BASW professional officer Sue Kent examines the issues raised by a new report from the Child Protection All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), that highlights a family courts system under extreme pressure.
13th February 2013
As the Chief Inspector of Ofsted publishes a new report that highlights the lack of reliable data on the number of children who go missing from care and the need for urgent action to establish a single register to track them, BASW endorses the report and calls for the creation of a stable, specialised and skilled workforce to support children in care.
8th 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 Council has completed the independent investigation into allegations made about the conduct of suspended Chief Executive Hilton Dawson. Following a subsequent period of mediation, recommended by the independent investigating officer and supported by both parties, it has been agreed that Mr Dawson will not be returning to his position.
18th January 2013
Following reports that 8,425 from an estimated 88,000 social workers have not registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in England, BASW professional officer Joe Godden is calling for action to prevent an erosion of social work identity.
10th January 2013
The British Association of Social Workers is extremely disappointed to report that The College of Social Work (TCSW) has decided that it is not possible to create a unified organisation for social workers in the UK.
28th September 2012
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) strongly welcomes today’s report into why professionals in the Rochdale area failed to stop the sexual abuse of young girls, between 2007 and 2011. BASW believes the report, commissioned by Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Board (RBSCB), offers a rare opportunity to learn vital lessons about how social workers, the police, healthcare professionals and others can work far more effectively to minimise the chances of such appalling outcomes for such vulnerable young people
27th September 2012
As the Children’s Society publishes a critical report of the UK Border Agency’s practices when dealing with asylum seeking children, BASW has condemned the lack of legal advice, advocacy and specific supportive services for asylum seeking children as “diabolical”.
22nd September 2012
As the Council of Europe’s GRETA (Group of Experts on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings) today releases a report on trafficked children, BASW is supporting GRETA’s call for better services and more specialist trained staff.
12th September 2012
BASW is urging social workers to use today’s World Suicide Prevention Day to begin confronting taboos about suicide and depression, as a preventative film is launched with part funding from the Association.
10th September 2012
Ahead of Joan Bakewell’s BBC Panorama investigation of older people’s drinking habits, BASW has launched a guide aimed at spotting the signs of alcohol abuse, and expressed concern that the excesses of this group can be overlooked by hospitals.
7th September 2012
Last week saw public attention drawn to the launch of a new “name and shame” website aimed at “exposing the truth” about social workers and their penchant for unjustly removing children from their parents.
3rd September 2012
BASW has expressed serious concern after the emergence of a new website aimed at ‘naming and shaming’ social workers who are involved in child protection work – particularly cases involving the removal of children deemed to be at risk.
29th August 2012
BASW has countered a report by public spending watchdog The Audit Commission, which suggests the adult social care funding gap could be plugged by using unqualified staff to complete assessments, with a reminder that cheaper doesn’t always mean better.
23rd August 2012
BASW has warned that proposed changes to child protection guidance may exacerbate the risk of abuse faced by disabled children, as Ofsted publish a new study of 173 cases in 12 local authorities, finding that too many disabled children had child protection needs which went unidentified.
22nd August 2012
BASW England manager Ruth Cartwright responds to today’s press reports of a government U-turn on social care funding for the elderly.
16th August 2012
BASW has welcomed moves to empower social workers and other professionals to confront cases of “witchcraft abuse”, following the publication of the government’s national action plan to tackle child abuse linked to faith or belief.
15th August 2012
BASW Cymru has submitted its full response to the Social Services (Wales) Bill, which is aimed at providing legislative backing for the changes outlined in the Welsh Government’s white paper, ‘Sustainable Social Services for Wales: A Framework for Action’.
1st June 2012
BASW member Janet Foulds has written a Guardian blog "Child grooming – what social workers should know".
21st May 2012
My initial reaction to news that the Draft Care and Support Bill had made it into the Queen’s Speech was one of relief followed by disappointment that there was no mention of attempting to resolve the thorny issue of funding.
10th May 2012
Independent social workers are continuing to voice serious concerns about a UK government plan to slash the fees payable to independent social workers acting as expert witnesses in family courts. Social workers say the Ministry of Justice and Legal Services Commission proposals could lead to an exodus of specialists away from working with children and families in court hearings.
1st March 2010
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