Further BASW England updates are available on the main BASW UK coronavirus updates pages.

The latest Government guidance, Social Work England and parter updates are here.

BASW England have continued to work with members across key areas of work and are a key part of the core BASW UK activities to influence change during the pandemic:

BASW England previous updates to December 2020

December 2020

BASW Chair Gerry Nosowska reflects on 2020 and looks ahead to 2021.  "My takeout for 2020 is that it has shown the importance of social work.  23 December 2020

End of year message from BASW Advice & Representation.  Lien Watts, Head of BASW’s A&R Service and Assistant General Secretary at SWU, provides an update as the year comes to an end.  23 December 2020

A 'Thank You' letter from BASW England.  A letter to social workers from Maris Stratulis (National Director, BASW England), Andy Gill (Chair, BASW England), Angie Bartoli (Vice-Chair, BASW England).  21 December 2020

BASW in Westminster - Christmas edition.  By Kerri Prince, BASWs Public and Political Affairs Lead.  18 December 2020

Blog: Deaf Awareness in Child Protection Social Work.  By Rebekah Pierre, BASW England Professional Officer.  18 December 2020

BASW England launches 'Impact of Covid-19 on AMHP' report.  18 December 2020

BASW England response to legal action for people with learning disabilities to be given vaccine priority.  18 December 2020

Supporting refugees and asylum seekers—an interview with Lord Alf Dubs.  Let's Talk Social Work Podcast.  18 December 2020

End of year message from Ruth Allen, BASW CEO.  Ruth Allen, BASW CEO, reflects on the year and looks forward to 2021.  18 December 2020

50 years in BASW – a professional journey.  Professional Social Work magazine - December, 2020

BASW supports pledge to increase access to higher education for students from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.  16 December 2020

Blog: Social Work without the ‘Social’.  16 December 2020

BASW Chair discusses impact of Covid-19 on children and families at the Westminster Education Forum.  14 December 2020

‘When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression’  Professional Social Work magazine - December 2020

Covid-19 vaccination programme: a statement from BASW.  14 December 2020

BASW England Survey - Children's entry into state care when working with families who are homeless or at high-risk of imminent homelessness.  11 December 2020

Support the BASW England 80/20 pledge!  We want social workers to have more time to build quality relationships with children and families to make more of a difference!  11 December 2020

'As a disabled social worker I have experienced discrimination at work'  From Professional Social Work magazine - December 2020

BASW England response to ‘Feeling Heard’ report.  9 December 2020

NDG announces new Caldicott Principle and guidance on Caldicott Guardians.  9 December 2020

Invitation to comment: A vision for social work (Children and Families/Adults).  7 December 2020

**Watch** Black & Ethnic Minority Professionals Symposium (BPS): SMASHING the Glass Ceiling - Employment Skills Event.  7 December 2020

Updated social work guidance and resources during Covid-19.  4 December 2020

Let's Talk Social Work podcast - new episode available.  In the first of two episodes created to celebrate Human Rights Day, Martin Sexton, Chair of BASW’s Policy, Ethics and Human Rights Committee, joins Andy McClenaghan to discuss the importance of human rights to social work.  4 December 2020

Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK - how you can support the campaign.  4 December 2020

This Week in Westminster - Friday 4 December.  "Whilst there is great news about the vaccine, the fallout from COVID-19 will still continue and we must be prepared to use our collective voice to speak up about the direction we want this country to take."

Social work in a hospice during Covid.  2 December 2020

Update: Government confirms it will not appeal Court of Appeal ruling.  2 December 2020

#TestAccessRights campaign - contact your MP.  2 December 2020

World Social Work Day 2021.  The 2021 World Social Day theme is Úbuntu: I am Because We Are.  2 December 2020

November 2020

NEW Survey - Social work during the Covid-19 pandemic.  30 November 2020

Covid-19 Pandemic – Ethical Guidance for Social Workers.   30 November 2020

BASW member provides frontline voice as The Independent reports on the surge of child protection referrals in the months following the UK’s first lockdown.   30 November 2020

What does the spending review mean for social work?  Poscast  27 November 2020

BASW England responds to ADASS report on Covid response.  27 November 2020

‘Thank You Social Workers’ event.  BASW England is honoured to have been the corporate Sponsor of the Social Worker of the Year Awards, which this year was a virtual ‘Thank You Social Workers’ event.  27 November 2020

This Week in Westminster.  This week was particularly busy as the outcome of the Spending Review was announced by the Chancellor on Wednesday, which spurred many organisations and politicians across the country into scrutinising where the Government was allocating money for the next 12 months – and where they were not.  27 November 2020

BASW is fundraising to support homeless shelters across the UK by sharing festive wishes with a specially designed Clare in the Community eCard by Harry Venning.  27 November 2020

Government Spending Review: BASW response.  25 November 2020

BASW England hails legal win on children's rights.  25 November 2020

Social work leaders reveal how the pandemic has really affected the sector.  23 November 2020

Blog: BASW England’s 80-20 campaign - Five lessons, five CPD opportunities.  23 November 2020

BASW England joins alliance of organisations calling for fundamental rethink of social security benefits system.  20 November 2020

BASW England responds to latest Public Health England report into deaths of people identified as having learning disabilities during spring wave of Covid-19.  20 November 2020

BASW Chair blog: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.  20 November 2020

BASW response to public pay freeze reports.  20 November 2020

Community Care magazine: BASW England calls for consistent levels of PPE and extra investment for social work.  18 November 2020

Liberty Protection Safeguards: BASW responds to the UK Government’s decision to remove the role from care home managers to arrange assessments and gather information in England.  18 November 2020

#TestAccessRights: Share your experiences.  18 November 2020

BASW featured in New Statesman article 'The lost children of lockdown'.  16 November 2020

Update: National Care Forum (NCF) campaign for care home visits and regular testing for visitors.  16 November 2020

BASW joins campaign led by bereaved families calling for Covid-19 Public Inquiry.  13 November 2020

This week in Westminster.  This was a great week for BASW in Westminster, with Parliamentarians from several parties raising the issue of social workers needing access to people living in care and health settings.  13 November 2020

BASW Chair Gerry Nosowska reflects on latest International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) meeting.  13 November 2020

Test, Access, Rights campaign - lobby your MP.   9 November 2020

Blog: Social work needs to be at the heart of any national solution to rising child poverty in England.  9 November 2020

National Care Forum (NCF) joins calls for social workers to be recognised as Professional Visitors.  6 November 2020

This Week in Westminster.  The issue of care home visits mentioned at Prime Minister’s Questions, an update on the Immigration Bill – and a meeting between BASW and Leeds North West MP Alex Sobel about the Test, Safe Access, Promote Rights campaign.  6 November 2020

BASW launches new series of Let’s Talk Social Work podcast.  6 November 2020

BASW England responds to guidance for visiting arrangements in care homes for the period of national restrictions.  6 November 2020

‘A tribute to social workers in lockdown’.  6 November 2020

PMQS: Labour leader backs campaign for family visits in care homes.  4 November 2020

MPs to debate the shattering impact of Covid-19 on families affected by dementia - show your support for this vital issue by lobbying your local MP.  2 November 2020

'What I’ve learned from working in mental health'.  2 November 2020

October 2020

BLOG - A badge of shame: Child food poverty in England.  30 October 2020

BASW in Westminster: Autumn Recess.  Kerri Prince, Public and Political Affairs Lead for BASW UK, provides members with an update from Westminster.  30 October 2020

BASW CEO Ruth Allen responds to results of BASW member survey.  30 October 2020

BASW England's response to Minister for Equalities report into the disparate impact of COVID-19 on Black and Ethnic Minority communities.  28 October 2020

BASW England Director writes to Children’s Minister over free school meals.  28 October 2020

A social worker student's letter to the PM on food poverty.  Dominic Watters pens an open letter to Boris Johnson concerning Marcus Rashford’s Campaign #ENDCHILDFOODPOVERTY #FoodJustice.  26 October 2020

Sky News highlights BASW member poll on child protection referrals and interviews BASW England Director Maris Stratulis.

BASW Vice-Chair speaks to Community Care magazine.  Commenting on the news that 80% of councils have seen rise in children’s placement costs during Covid-19, BASW Vice-Chair Lewis Roberts urged sector leaders and Government to work together. 23 October 2020.  26 October 2020

Social care: Funding and Workforce.  A new Health and Social Care Committee report urges immediate action to address the social care crisis with calls for sustained investment as the pandemic brings the crisis into stark focus.  23 October 2020

BASW England responds to CQC Report ‘Out of Sight - Who Cares?’  23 October 2020

BASW condemns MPs vote against free school meals extension.  23 October 2020

BASW England supports Skills for Care report.  21 October 2020

BASW England Director Maris Stratulis speaks out over concerns for the treatment of people with learning disabilities or autism in hospital, following CQC report findings.  21 October 2020

BASW England to sponsor annual ‘Thank You Social Workers’ event.  19 October 2020

BASW England responds to Care Quality Commission’s annual report on the state of health and social care in England.  16 October 2020

BASW Supports Re-Launch of The Coalition For Personalised Care. 14 October 2020

Mental health and older people in a time of pandemic.  From social isolation to restrictions in care homes, Covid is having a major impact.  09 October 2020

Government criticised for lack of social work representation on SAGE.  Emergency advisory group missing our knowledge and understanding of communities and human behaviour, says profession.  08 October 2020

We must start to learn the lessons now: As if Expendable – Amnesty International report into the fate of care homes in Covid 19.  Ruth Allen CEO BASW reflects on the urgent and painful failures set out in the report. 07 October 2020

The Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill.  Brief update.  07 October 2020

BASW in Westminster: Conservative Conference 2020.  By Kerri Prince, Public and Political Affairs Lead for BASW UK.  07 October 2020

September 2020

Joint Committee on Human Rights - The Government’s response to COVID-19: human rights implications.  25 Sept 2020.

BASW England provides an initial response to the taskforce report.  The Social Care Sector COVID-19 Support Taskforce: final report, advice and recommendations was published on 18 September 2020.  24 Sept 2020

Adult social care: coronavirus (COVID-19) winter plan 2020 to 2021.  BASW England response to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) Winter Plan.  24 Sept 2020

Priority testing for social workers.  Testing is vital for the provision of services and to reduce risk of infection for vulnerable groups.  16 Sept 2020

A Vision for Social Work.  BASW Consultation Event. 16 Sept 2020

BASW England group statement on student bursaries.  BASW England Student & NQSW set out recommendations.  07 Sept 2020

August 2020

BASW England fully supports the calls for urgent government action to end the scandal of family homelessness.  Response to the Children’s Commissioner report on the impact of eviction and homelessness on vulnerable children.  28 Aug 2020

BASW England’s response to the Deaths from COVID19 (LeDeR programme).  Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) programme by University of Bristol raises serious questions about treatment of people with learning disabilities.  27 Aug 2020

BASW statement on DfE ‘Vulnerable children and young people survey’  Review of the summary of local authority survey in England to help understand the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on children’s social care.  27 Aug 2020

Summer planning and preparation.  An update from BASW Chair, Gerry Nosowska.  17 August 2020

BASW England response to the Mencap survey highlighting the impact on Carers of lockdown.  13 August 2020

BASW England celebrates ‘end of year’ for students with virtual disco. 03 August 2020

July 2020

BASW is writing to a wide range of adult social care charities, providers and other organisations across the UK, to express pledges of support for the sector.  Full details are here.  31 July 2020

BASW England has responded to the PAC report into initial Covid-19 response for social care  The Public Accounts Committee reveals the Government did not protect adult social care in the same way as the NHS.  31 July 2020

BASW England supports LGA in a call for adult social care reform.  27 July 2020

Gender equity and intersectionality - BASW England blog.  Blog which explores promoting the rights of all women in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, by Rebekah Pierre, Professional Officer for BASW England.  27 July 2020

BASW England submitted evidence to the 'The impact of COVID-19 on education and children’s services' consultation. 24 July 2020

BASW England continues to call for feedback on the Care Act during Covid 19.

BASW England submitted evidence to the 'The impact of COVID-19 on education and children’s services' consultation. 24 July 2020

Concerns raised on government consultation - Changes to the adoption and children regulations: coronavirus (COVID-19).  BASW England comments on open government consultation on whether emergency COVID-linked powers introduced under Statutory Instrument 445 should lapse or be continued after September.  24 July 2020

Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private Law Children Cases.  The Ministry of Justice released their final report on Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private Law Children Cases in June 2020.  Maris Stratulis, National Director BASW England and Allison Hulmes, National Director BASW Cymru set out a joint response detailing concerns. 24 July 2020

BASW is calling for member involvement in analysis of the social work during Covid survey.  24 July 2020

New service launched: BASW Professional Support Service - here to support you.  Hear from BASW CEO Ruth Allen on our new service for members.  20 July 2020

BASW's initial comment on the Summer Economic Statement.  BASW sets out initial views on Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s summer economic statement. 08 July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

BASW England groups issue Covid-19 Position Statements.  Published 24 April 2020:

Care Act during Covid 19

We want to hear about your experience of applying the Care Act during Covid-19.

You can do this by going to the BASW Covid-19 survey and completing the question which asks for feedback on the Care Act.  

Pete Feldon, Chair of BASW England adults social work group explains why feedback on the Care Act is essential

The team are also very much involved in engaging with members direct:

  • Hosted a range of teleconferences and webinars on the impact of Covid 19 for Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHP's)
  • Supported BASW England branches to meet remotely and connected them along with students and NQSW's to influence BASW priorities.
  • Developing a position statements from relevant subgroups on: mental health; adults; Students & NQSW’s and Children & Families
  • Had a range media appearances and coverage (BBC, Guardian, social media etc)
  • Held online for forums for social workers to network and influence BASW’s priorities
  • Supported the development of key BASW during Covid 19 resources 

Take care of the frontline workers so they can support and care of others.  Blog by Maris Stratulis, National Director, BASW England.  Date published 06 April 2020

The BASW England Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) subgroup have created Covid-19 guidances for PEPS.

Interested in returning to social work practice?

Social Work England in partnership with the Department for Education and the Department of Health and Social Care, the Local Government Association have launched Social Work Together, an online tool to connect social workers returning to practice with employers across England in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus Act

Care Act easements: guidance for local authorities 

New guidance from the DHSC (Department of Health and Social care) published 31.3.2020, sets out how Local Authorities can use the new Care Act easements, created under the Coronavirus Act 2020 to help prioritise care and support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


The Coronavirus Act will have substantial impact on those requiring social care and for those arranging it. This guidance provides welcome clarity on some of the implications. More work is needed on setting out how it applies to social work and BASW England will be producing more information shortly.

The BASW England Adults PPEG is currently reviewing the Care Act easements guidance for Local Authorities to develop a position statement with reference to the following areas:

  • Guidance on prioritisation
  • The duty to apply the European Convention on Human Rights and the use of professional judgement
  • Decision making in the remit of the DHSC Ethical Framework
  • Recording of decision making
  • The role of leadership
  • Identifying areas that require further guidance

We will continue to lobby and work collaboratively with stakeholders and to answer your queries and concerns in relation to this guidance.

To get in touch and provide your views in relation to the changes proposed though this guidance complete our short survey and include the reference “Care Act easements guidance”


View The Coronavirus Act 2020 and Social Work Practice - A Briefing.  Published 01 April 2020

Recent updates from BASW England (27 March 2020)

This week we met with social work leaders from Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Department for Education (DfE) and Social Work England to raise the issues and challenges that social workers are experiencing based on the feedback of over 1300 social workers who took part in the BASW survey of social work during the pandemic, including:

  • Safety and lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hand sanitisers which is leaving social workers concerned for clients safety and their own safety
  • The need for guidance that would bring about consistency in the workplace
  • Clarity on how social workers can deliver on their statutory duties to support vulnerable people during the pandemic
  • Guidance for students who are on placements to give reassurance on protecting career pathways into social work
  • We asked that Ministers where possible directly reference social work and social worker in their public addresses alongside colleagues in health and social care

We know there is clear commitment from social work leaders to support the workforce and work is underway to tackle the issues.  We are pleased share that progress has been made across the following areas:

Previous updates 

  • BASW England briefing paper on Coronavirus Bill (25 March 2020)
    This briefing paper is a compilation of responses from BASW members and stakeholders including those who work with children and families; adults; people with mental health issues and students and newly qualified social workers (NQSW’s).  This briefing outlines their views and concerns on the Covid-19 outbreak and the implications of the Coronavirus Bill.
  • Supporting autistic adults and adults with learning disabilities during coronavirus outbreak (25 March 2020)
    Joint statement by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
    "We are living in unprecedented time. Autistic adults and people with learning disabilities are likely to find the coronavirus outbreak, the restrictions placed on daily living, and the changes to how their support is delivered, particularly confusing, worrying and in some situations distressing."
  • Students need to be given the opportunities and support to make the choices they want to make about placements in these uncertain times (25 March 2020)
    BASW has received over 1,200 responses to our COVID - 19 survey and a number of student responses have highlighted concerns about not wanting to remain in their placements but feeling pressured to do so and that if they don’t they fear it will jeopardise their graduation and career prospects .

Further BASW England Government advice and other information is available on the main BASW UK coronavirus updates pages.