Social Workers' Educational Trust

Registered charity number: 313789

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The Social Workers' Educational Trust was established in 1972 by the British Association of Social Workers.

Rapid changes in the nature of social problems, in legislation and in social services means that social workers need to seek new knowledge and skills. In addition there is an urgent need to support innovatory practice-based research and to encourage the development of new approaches to providing social services.

The Trust aims:

To assist qualified social workers to develop their knowledge and skills, encourage research into social work practice and education, and educate the public in the nature of social work.

Who can apply?

Qualified social workers who have completed at least two years post-qualifying practice, and who work, or are looking for work, within the UK, can apply for grants from the Trust. You can download the application here, or obtain it from the Honorary Secretary.

How the Trust helps

The Trust provides small grants to individuals (up to £500) who undertake post-qualifying training to improve their knowledge and skills for social work practice. In addition, the Trust manages funds bequeathed or subscribed in memory of colleagues. These funds provide more substantial scholarships which are awarded annually through competition.

Grant application form

Applicants should post the form WITH the extra information asked for in the guidelines. If you would like an acknowledgement for receipt of the form, please include an email address.

Application forms can be downloaded below:

Social Workers' Educational Trust Scholarship Application Form (PDF)Download as PDFGet Adobe Reader

Social Workers' Educational Trust Scholarship Application Form (Word)Download as Microsoft Word document

Guidlines for the completion of the grant application form can be downloaded below:

Social Workers' Educational Trust Scholarship Application Form (PDF)Download as PDFGet Adobe Reader

Social Workers' Educational Trust Scholarship Application Form (Word)Download as Microsoft Word document

Please read the notes below before completing the Form.

1. Applicants should be qualified social workers who have completed at least two years of post-qualifying social work practice, working or looking for work in the UK. BASW membership will be taken into account.

2. Assistance with training courses or projects which will develop the applicant’s social work practice in the UK can be considered. Details of the course/training should be included with the Application Form – preferably a brief course description issued by the provider. Applicants should include whether the course/training is towards the Post Qualifying or Advanced Award in Social Work.

3. The sum requested from the Trust can be used for fees or expenses incurred (eg. travel; presentation of dissertation; books etc).

4. Where the total sum needed is higher than that requested from the Trust, an indication of ability to meet the balance of the fees/costs from other sources should be given.

5. Grants for courses of more than 1 year’s duration are made on an annual basis, and their continuation depends on the grantee’s successful completion of the year’s training, and the level of Trust funds.

6. Application may be made at any time of the year, and will be considered at the next available meeting of the Trustees. For 2016 the SWET Trustees will be meeting on 9 February, 21 June and 3 November.

7. The Trustees expect that successful applicants inform the Trust of the completion of their course/project.

8. No further grant application will be considered within 3 years of the completion of a supported training course or project.

Please address any enquiry concerning the larger Scholarships made annually by the Trust to:

The Honorary Secretary
Social Workers’ Educational Trust
BASW, 16 Kent Street, Birmingham, B5 6RD

or swet@basw.co.uk

How you can help

The Trust’s income usually allows it to make about 50 grants of up to £500 each year.

You can help to increase the support we can provide to social workers keen to develop their practice, by:

  • Making a donation
  • Donating through Gift Aid
  • Making a bequest
  • Raising funds for specific awards

If you would like to help, please write to:

The Honorary Secretary
Social Workers’ Educational Trust
BASW, 16 Kent Street, Birmingham, B5 6RD

or email swet@basw.co.uk

Trustees report and financial statements

For the year ended 30 September 2012