The Children and Families Group is made up of BASW England members with a special interest in this area of Social Work. Members of the group are responsible for leading BASW England's position on Children and Families Social Work and assisting in the development of policy, practice and education. For details of our position please read our statement.

Email for more information about how to get involved.

Current priority areas include:

  • The Independent review of children's social care
  • Relationship based social work (80/20 campaign)
  • Homelessness and poverty
  • Family Courts
  • Adoption and fostering
  • Homelessness
  • Disasbilities

Members of the group:

James Blewett (Chair), June Thoburn, Charlotte Jenkins, Julia Palfreyman, Shantel Thomas, Andrew Davies, Carolyne Willow, Robin Sen, Michelle Lefevre, Mohamed Salaam Kamara, Sarah Hutchens, Marie Jameson, Ian Thomas, Richard Vickers and Vanessa Easy

For more information or if you would like to hear about how the subgroup can support social work in your local area or workplace please contact Gavin Moorghen at

BASW Resources:

The context, roles and tasks of the child and family social worker

Care Review information hub

80-20 campaign – Upholding relationship-based social work information hub

Continuous Professional Development: 

Communicating and Engaging with Children Webinar - Professor Michelle Lefevre and Charlotte Jenkins (members of our children and families group) reflect on the importance of play, wishes and feelings and life-story work, non-verbal communication and how to use supervision effectively.

Child Sexual Exploitation: A rights and relationship-based approach webinar - Professor Michelle Lefevre (member of the children and families group) examines ways in which young people’s rights and autonomy may sometimes conflict with their safety.

BASWTalk – Ep 13 Family Court Proceeding‪s‬ - Julia Palfreyman (member of the children and families group) and Ruth Hawkins (family law solicitor) discuss the social worker role with children involved in family court proceedings. 


Strengthening Performance in Children's social work - We run fortnightly CPD workshop for children and families social workers in practice looking to refresh and develop their direct work skills. Details here. 

Theory to Practice - We run these thematic workshops for social workers to come together and study, discuss and reflect on an area of theory with the ultimate goal of using it in practice. Details here.

Roundtable and consultation events - We sometimes run events to inform the work of the group. Attending these events are a great way to connect with social workers nationally and share experiences from the frontline whilst bulding your CPD. Details here.

Recommended external reading from the subgroup:

The Truth Project- Experiences Shared

‘Both/And’ Not ‘Either/Or’: Reconciling Rights to Protection and Participation in Working with Child Sexual Exploitation

Social Workers Toolbox - Sexual Exploitation Resources

Barnardo's - Child sexual exploitation (CSE)

NWG - Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation