SWU Statement on Arthur Labinjo-Hughes
John McGowan, General Secretary of the Social Workers Union offers condolences to the family of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes
BASW responds to the Government national review launched following the tragic death of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes
There must absolutely be answers and learning from this terrible tragedy and social workers need to be supported to do the vital work they do.
Social care white paper: BASW England response
This week the Government released its long-awaited White Paper, which sets out a 10-year vision for reform that seeks to put people at the centre of social care.
BASW responds to tragic death of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes
The British Association of Social Workers sends its heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and all those affected by the horrific murder of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes. We await the outcome of the...
Measuring Well-being in Welsh Social Work: A Research Report by Professor Neil Thompson, Abyd Quinn Aziz and Allison Hulmes
Measuring Wellbeing in Welsh Social Work: a research report This important survey led by Professor Neil Thompson, an expert in workforce wellbeing, consolidates and builds on our knowledge of...
Social workers write to Priti Patel opposing inhumane Police Bill that discriminates against Romani and Traveller families
The British Association of Social Workers, the Social Workers Union and partner organisations express concern that recent guidance is inhumane and unlawful.
BJSW Editor’s Choice vlog: in conversation with Will Mason and Lisa Bunting
BJSW co-editor Dr Reima Ana Maglajlic speaks to Will Mason and Lisa Bunting about their research into inequalities in UK child welfare interventions.
SWU looks forward to attending the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children Event on the Health and Care Bill
The APPG for Children, supported by their secretariat the National Children’s Bureau, are hosting an event to explore what a good Integrated Care System looks like for children and identify...
Season's Greetings e-card by Harry Venning
BASW is fundraising to support Homeless and Asylum Seeker charities across the UK by sharing festive wishes with a specially designed Clare in the Community eCard by Harry Venning.
SWU supports former BASW Chair Guy Shennan’s 60th Birthday Quiz-A-Thon!
Every two years since 2009 (other than in 2017 when he walked 100 miles as part of the BASW/SWU Boot Out Austerity campaign), Guy has done a sponsored activity for 12 hours nonstop to raise money for...
SWU Campaign Fund launches the #FoodIsCare campaign
We are pleased to announce that the SWU Campaign Fund in partnership with Campaign Collective has launched its first campaign!
Carers Rights Day - 25 November 2021
BASW England statement - Social workers also have a key role to play in supporting carers, such as providing information, advice and guidance with a focus on rights and entitlements.
BASW England statement in response to BBC News findings that “100 people held more than 20 years in ‘institutions’”
These findings reaffirm the importance of our Homes Not Hospitals campaign
Reflections on COP26
By Lena Dominelli, University of Stirling, Head of Delegation for the International Association of Schools of Social Work at COP26
BASW is deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic deaths of people crossing the Channel to reach the UK this week.
BASW comment on human tragedies
World Social Work Day 2022
WSWD Poster launched by the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW)
Review of Children's Social Care agrees to Children's Rights Impact Assessment: BASW England response
BASW England’s members have consistently stated that children's rights must be at the heart of the Review of Children's Social Care...
This week in Westminster - Tuesday 23 November
Kerri Prince, BASW UK Public and Political Affairs Lead, provides an update from Westminster.
Social Work Employment Services: Plant a tree this Christmas!
For every worker registered through SWES, the team at Flexr will arrange for a tree to be planted through a commercial scheme to support the Woodland Trust.
Share your views: CQC new strategy and initial proposals for the Quality Assurance of Local Authorities
The BASW England response will be general and based on key themes identified from member responses.
My Black History - Black and Proud
Laura reflects on her experiences of racism as a social worker practicing in Scotland
Social Work Awards 2021: Celebrating outstanding practice in our profession
12 BASW members were finalists at this year's Social Work Awards...
BASW and SWU celebrate Trans Awareness Week 2021
BASW and SWU stand in solidarity with trans communities across the world
BASW England announces new chair and committee members
The committee helps shape the direction and priorities of BASW England.
The Social Work Professional Support Service launches in Wales
BASW Cymru is delighted to announce that from today, Wednesday 17th November, all social workers in Wales will be able to access free wellbeing support from the Social Work Professional Support...
Fire and Rehire: BASW/SWU team welcomes new ACAS guidance
Acas has published new advice to help employers maintain good employment relations and reach agreement with staff if they are thinking about making changes to their contracts. Read the full guidance...
UK Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights: BASW to give evidence
BASW will be giving oral evidence on migrant children and age assessments, as part of the committee's scrutiny of the Nationality and Borders Bill...
SWU Campaign Fund delivers first round of funding for member led campaigns
All campaigns supported by the SWU Campaign Fund are conceived of and run by social workers. The Social Workers Union is proud to be able to support our activist members in this new and innovative...
New ways of working – an update from BASW UK & SWU
A message from Gerry Nosowska (BASW chair), Ruth Allen (BASW CEO), and John McGowan (SWU General Secretary)
BASW Cymru responds to the LGBTQ+ Action Plan
BASW Cymru welcome the opportunity to respond to this consultation on a very optimistic and ambitious LGBTQ+ action plan which will need to translate into tangible and sustained change if Wales is to...
Social Workers honoured for "exceptional work and dedication" during the Covid-19 pandemic at national awards ceremony
Find out more about the social workers honoured at this year's Scottish Social Services Awards in our press release...
National care service must focus on “reducing crisis and strengthening communities”, says Scottish Association of Social Work
Read our statement on our response to the Scottish Government's National Care Service consultation...
Climate justice and sustainability – social work at COP26
Ruth Allen, BASW CEO provides an update as COP26 gets underway in Glasgow.
SWU supports the Abuse of Public-facing Workers (Offences) Bill as part of the Service with Respect campaign
People in public-facing jobs across all sectors – including social work – have been subjected to rising hostility and abuse since the end of the COVID-19 lockdowns. SWU has been approached by Olivia...
BASW and SWU statements on compulsory Covid-19 vaccination
The statement covers the current context, implications and ethical considerations of compulsory Covid-19 vaccinations for social workers.
Budget 2021: What do social workers need to know?
Kerri Prince, BASW UK Public and Political Affairs Lead, analyses the Autumn Budget and Spending Review.
BASW responds to Budget and Spending Review 2021
BASW CEO Ruth Allen comments on the Autumn Budget 2021
Blog: 'Reflecting on my time as BASW England Committee Chair'
Dr Andy Gill gives an insight into his role as chair, and encourages members to apply to be the next one.
Spending Review 2021: What BASW UK wants to see
There are several urgent and growing issues, such as poverty and lack of funding for services, that we want the Spending Review to address.
Age assessments proposal within Nationality and Borders Bill: BASW UK Statement
Age assessments should be led by social workers and draw on a multi-agency approach, where practitioners in health, care, education, and community may contribute.
Harry Venning accepts SWU Ambassador Award
Commenting on his SWU Ambassador award, renown cartoonist Harry Venning said, ‘I am honoured to become a SWU Ambassador for a profession that I have continuously poked fun at for the last thirty...
Blog: 'Falling foul of unscrupulous umbrella companies'
Social worker 'LK' on how using Social Work Employment Services transformed her relationship with umbrella companies...
New appointments to Social Work England board: BASW England response
BASW England has been strongly advocating for registered social work representation on the board of SWE.
BJSW Editor's Choice Vlog: Associate Editor Hannah Bows and Professor Rick Hood
BJSW Associate Editor Hannah Bows in conversation with Professor Rick Hood.
Anti-racism in social work: BASW England presentation and discussion
Pam Shodeinde, Liz Howard and Wayne Reid explore the importance of anti-racism in social work, specific areas of anti-Black racism, the Black Lives Matter movement and allyship.
We’re changing how we communicate with members
Look out for our new UK-wide email bulletins every Tuesday!
End-of-life care and assisted dying - share your views and experiences as a social worker
Baroness Molly Meacher, a social worker by background, is bringing forward a Private Members Bill which has its first reading in the House of Lords on 22 of October. Setting the scene, Baronness...
Remembering Mike Shamash
Gerry Nosowska, BASW Chair and Ruth Allen, BASW CEO pay tribute to Mike Shamash.
BASW England responds to latest update from Review of Children's Social Care
The latest document released by the Review does not change our previous positioning.
Scottish Parliament Update
SASW's Communications and Policy Officer, Emily Galloway, outlines what happened last week in parliament...
IFSW blog: 'The local is global'
BASW chair Gerry Nosowska, who attended with BASW CEO Ruth Allen and observers Debbie Ryding and Ellen Paladini-Stone, report back to members.
Conservative Party Conference: What happened, and what does it mean for social work?
Kerri Prince, BASW UK Public and Political Affairs Lead, provides members with an overview of the recent Conservative Party Conference.
'Arcane tax rules silence vulnerable groups' - new research
Coalition of charities, campaigners and individuals write to Minister to call for rule changes.
Call for Evidence: Experience of Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children processes
APPG for social work has launched an inquiry into the experiences of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children
A night with an Emergency Duty Team
Ahead of World Mental Health Day, BASW is sharing a diary of an Emergency Duty Team (EDT) social worker.
Guide on the work of BASW Cymru for Senedd Members
We have put together a guide for new Members of Senedd outlining the work of BASW Cyrmu. The guide is available to download here
Social Care Wales & the impact on our registration as professional social workers
Social Care Wales have made some decisions which clearly recognises their support for the pressures social workers have been exposed to during the pandemic. They clearly recognise that the last 18...