International Committee

This is a sub-committee of the Policy, Ethics and Human Rights Committee. Members have experience of working in other countries or knowledge in organisations supporting the delivery of international social work services. Members of the committee normally serve for a two year period.

Committee members:

Jane Shears (Chair)
Karen Lee Adshead
Terry Bamford
Linda de Chenu
Sandra Engstrom
Fran Fuller
Pauline Franklin
Joy Gauci
Saima Gulzar
David N Jones
Fran McDonnell
Margaret Mitchell
Debra Pearlman
Shula Raman
Ruth Stark


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BASW: Social workers have ethical duty to support asylum seekers and refugees

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

Social workers of Europe unite in Edinburgh for unique event

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 gives social workers 2020 vision

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 marks Holocaust Memorial Day

BASW marks Holocaust Memorial Day

27th January 2015

Harris conviction: greater cross-country working needed to deter sex offenders

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

NIASW World Social Work Day: Northern Ireland a world leader on learning from trauma

Northern Ireland’s unique role in teaching other countries about reconciliation and healing trauma was praised by secretary-general of the International Federation of Social Workers Rory Truell.

21st March 2014

World Social Work Day 2014: Why Martin Narey is wrong to dismiss social justice

Social Worker Ruth Stark, former SASW manager, BASW member and member of the IFSW Human Rights Commission, gives her response to Martin Narey's review of social work education.

18th March 2014

World Social Work Day – Social workers urged to show MEPs write stuff

Social workers are being urged to write to their local candidate MEP in the run up to the European Parliamentary elections in May asking them what they intend to do to support people suffering in the face of austerity measures.

18th March 2014

BLOG: Human Rights Day 2013 - Mandela was the ultimate social worker

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

Government launches balance of competences review on fundamental rights

The Government has today asked for evidence on the balance of competences between the UK and the European Union on fundamental rights.

21st October 2013

Risk, Resilience and Rights: Therapeutic Approaches to Working with Children, Families and Separated Young People who have Survived Torture

Risk, Resilience and Rights: Therapeutic Approaches to Working with Children, Families and Separated Young People who have Survived Torture

13th August 2013

BASW backs Turkish social workers for speaking out against "police brutality"

BASW has endorsed a statement by the Turkish Association of Social Workers in which the Ankara-based organisation emphasises the right of people in Istanbul to protest peacefully against the Government. The statement also makes it clear that social workers will be on the streets offering support to anyone affected by repressive tactics used against protestors.

10th 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

BASW: Latest stats on child poverty

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

World Social Work Day: Social workers have a vital role to play in reducing inequality

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

Using World Social Work Day to press for more equal societies

On World Social Work Day, Linda de Chenu, Social Work Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, claims the recently-created Global Agenda for Social Work should serve as a rallying cry for social workers to unite and speak out against inequalities at home and across the world.

18th March 2013

The struggle to practise social work in Syria as the country collapses into war and retribution

One of the world’s most troubled zones, an estimated 60,000 people have died in Syria since the uprising of March 2011. Save the Children has warned of a “collapse in childhood” in the country, with one in three children having been hit, kicked or shot in the fighting. Sundus Saeed, a volunteer with Hand in hand for Syria - one of the few aid organisations working in the country - describes the huge task faced supporting a traumatised nation and BASW’s Interim Chief Executive Bridget Robb explains why the plight of the Syrian people should be of concern to us all.

18th March 2013

BASW – World Social Work day challenges us to find new ways of working together

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: Social workers need knowledge of the law and community to tackle human slavery

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

Blog: It’s got to be Dilnot

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 Cymru submits response to Social Services (Wales) Bill

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

Blog: Sexual exploitation of children

BASW member Janet Foulds has written a Guardian blog "Child grooming – what social workers should know".

21st May 2012

Blog: Why the Draft Care and Support Bill was more disappointment than relief

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

New regulatory standards place unreasonable expectations on social workers

BASW has raised concerns that proposed proficiency standards for social workers would place unreasonable expectations on newly-qualified social workers.

7th November 2011

Concern at HPC plans for voluntary student register

The Health Professions Council (HPC) has launched a consultation on whether it should keep a voluntary register for social work students.

7th November 2011

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