The Policy Ethics & Human Rights (PEHR) Committee leads on BASW’s ethical and policy positions and responses across the UK.  We are looking for an experienced chair, with strong ethical and practice knowledge, who can communicate PEHR’s work to Council, members and wider social work. The Chair is an Elected Director and sits on Council.

The time commitment involves chairing at least four committee meetings and attending four Council meetings per year.

If the Chair of PEHR is employed and released to do this role in work time, their employer can be paid an ‘easement’ of up to £2000 per annum. Fully self-employed or retired persons, or a person otherwise not in receipt of an income covering time for this work can claim up to £2000 per annum in a personal capacity.

In addition, the post holder may claim payments for attending Council meetings in addition to expenses. There may also be the opportunity to be funded to attend and be involved in a variety of professional activities on behalf of the association across the UK and further afield.

Equalities and Diversity:  We encourage members from all communities, identities and backgrounds to consider this role, particularly those previously less well represented in BASW’s leadership. BASW Council is committed to being more diverse and representative of our membership, sector and society.

BASW will provide personalised support and induction to ensure thie role is accessible to eligible candidates. All Council members can claim reasonable expenses incurred on BASW business in addition to varying other payments associated with the different roles.

The role will start immediately after the Annual General Meeting on 17 June 2022 for an initial term of 2 years.

The closing date for receipt of nominations is 5pm on 31 March 2022.

Candidates should submit their completed nomination form (below), together with an election statement of no more than 300 words and a passport size head and shoulders colour photograph to governance@basw.co.uk

Candidates for election as PEHR Chair must be nominated by two full voting members (other than the candidate themselves) or by a branch committee or a National Standing Committee and candidates must have been full voting members for at least 1 year continuously prior to nomination.

All candidates must meet the criteria set out in the relevant role description (below).

An early discussion on any of these roles can be arranged by emailing governance@basw.co.uk.