A vision for the next five years

Our Vision for 2025 is that “Social work will be a thriving, influential, respected profession, improving lives and upholding people’s rights across the UK.”

Our organisation Mission clarifies what we do, why we do it and who for. 

BASW acts…

  • For social workers:  Supporting, protecting and inspiring social workers in all roles, and the next generations of professionals.
  • For social work:  Developing professional ethics, practice, knowledge, research and learning.
  • For a better society:  Speaking out for social work and social workers on social justice, equality, poverty, human rights, oppression and other vital social issues in the UK and internationally.

Priorities to fulfil our Mission and move towards our Vision in 2021 were also set out, and include; support for more social workers to improve practice through learning, work more closely with people with lived experience, promoting the value of social work, promotion of the role of social work across multidisciplinary teams, campaigning, promoting anti-oppressive and ethical work widely, challenging social injustice and racism and promoting human rights. 

We will also continue to develop our international work and adapt our work to meet the needs of our members, people using services and society throughout Covid 19.

BASW agreed our organisational Mission and our Vision for social work and social workers up to 2025 at BASW's Annual General Meeting in September 2020.

It was here that BASW chief executive, Ruth Allen, outlined that the 2025 Mission and Vision follows the success of our unifying 5 year ‘2020 Vision’ for the association – to be the strong, independent voice of social work and social workers.

This intention is embedded in the association now and we look forward to new challenges and growth in the association including more focus on developing the profession of social work, our partnerships,  including with people who use services, and raising social workers’ voices for a more just and better society, alongside growth of the association.



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