Equalities and Diversity

BASW is committed to an action plan on equality, diversity and inclusion to make the Association’s leadership more representative and diverse.

Eligible members from different backgrounds and identities, and any stage of career, are encouraged to apply. We aim to be inclusive and remove barriers to involvement based on age, disability, sex, gender/gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy/maternity, marriage and civil partnership.

The closing date for receipt of nominations for all of the above vacancies is 5pm on 30 June 2020.

Candidates should submit their completed Nomination form, together with an election statement of no more than 300 words and a passport size head and shoulders colour photograph to Ruth Allen by email to governance@basw.co.uk.

An early discussion on any of these roles can be arranged with the BASW Chief Executive by emailing governance@basw.co.uk.

All Council members must be eligible to be Directors of BASW, a not for profit company.

BASW Chair role

The Chair of BASW is elected to lead the Association and to chair Council, the governing board of Directors of BASW. If you can demonstrate effective leadership, chairing skills, the ability to engage with and represent members, a wide understanding of the profession, the ability to represent the association in diverse forums – and have the dedication needed to make a difference to social work and people using social work services – this could be a role for you.

The term of office is two years from the September 2020 AGM. The Chair may stand for a consecutive second term of two more years. The current Chair may stand for a second term of two years.

The Chair must be available to work on Association business an average of two days per week. Exact time requirements will vary. Occasional blocks of more days will be required e.g. for international work. Remuneration (or compensation to employers) will be paid to reflect the responsibility and time commitment of the role. This is currently £24,000 per year plus expenses (may be subject to review).

Criteria for candidates applying for nomination as BASW Chair

Candidates for election as Chair must be nominated by five members other than the candidate themselves) or by a branch committee or a National Standing Committee. Candidates must have been Members for a minimum of 2 years continuously immediately prior to nomination. They must meet the criteria set out in the role description. Nomination forms can be downloaded below.