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.

Committee members:

Maggie Mellon (Chair)
Beverley Prevatt Goldstein (Deputy Chair)
Steve Elliott
David Jones
Karolina Kwiatkowska
Andrew MacDonald
Shirley Melvin
Jacqui Moore
Gaby Ross
Raymond Taylor
Robert Warin
 

Social workers of Europe unite in Edinburgh for unique event

The biggest event of the year in the social work calendar will take place in just two weeks time, 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 Twitter debate on the social worker’s role in the age assessment of asylum seekers

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

BASW: Fall in adoption rates should be first step in righting a wrong

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

BASW: Further discussion needed on new CSE measures

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

FGM: social workers should not take on the role of the police

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 joins Professionals for Information Privacy coalition

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 marks Holocaust Memorial Day

BASW marks Holocaust Memorial Day

27th January 2015

White Flowers CSA campaign - BASW supports call for new inquiry

BASW statement on White Flowers CSA campain.

14th January 2015

Concerns remain over government attempt to define adults’ social work

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

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

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

Lord Justice Munby Ruling: Public need to know more about the reality of child protection but this is not the way

A landmark legal ruling allowing a father to publish a video online of social workers and police removing his child under an emergency protection order has prompted the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) to express serious concern about the judgement’s implications for social work professionals and care proceedings.

6th September 2013

SWU - Social workers share the NHS culture of bullying and fear and it must end

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

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

BASW – We need a sensible debate on welfare reform, not underhand attacks on benefit claimants

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

Bridget Robb - Social workers at Mid Staffs must ask why they didn't blow the whistle

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

Social workers advised to keep social life offline this Christmas

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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