The Social Workers Union presents SWU Ambassador Award to Emma Lewell-Buck
SWU honours Emma Lewell-Buck MP for her tireless advocacy for social work and the people who use its services.
A message from the BASW Cymru team
The team in BASW Cymru want to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and restful festive period, one we hope you are able to spend with family and loved ones. Many of you will be on duty at this...
Care Review: BASW England 'Call for Ideas' submission
BASW England has been strongly encouraging members to share their views - and we've also put together our own submission, which you can read here...
Findings of Significant Case Learning Review on "Child H" published
Read the recommendations of a Significant Case Learning Review on 'neglect and potential harm' of 4 year old child in South and East Ayrshire...
Star Hobson case: BASW speaks to media
We spoke to Sky News, Channel 4 News and BBC Look North about Star Hobson's murder and the pressures on frontline social workers...
This Week in Westminster - 15 December 2021
Kerri Prince, Public and Political Affairs Lead, provides the last Westminster update of 2021.
BASW responds to the murder of Star Hobson
BASW England wishes to express our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and those affected by the horrific murder of Star Hobson.
Call out for memories of Downham, Lewisham…
The development of community mental health and support services including the Northover Centre in Downham, Lewisham, London: do you, family or friends have memories to share?
Human rights of Romani and Traveller communities under threat as Police Bill goes through House of Lords
Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities across the UK will face further discrimination as a result of the measures and guidance in the Bill.
BASW statement on Covid-19 vaccination and Omicron variant
BASW is concerned to hear about the problems with online booking systems for vaccines and Covid-19
BJSW Editor’s Choice vlog: in conversation with Philip Mendes, Jacqueline Wilson and Frank Golding
BJSW co-editor Dr Reima Ana Maglajlic speaks to Philip Mendes, Jacqueline Wilson and Frank Golding about their research into the experiences of care leavers in Australia.
BASW Cymru continues to support the student bursary campaign
The MASW Bursary Campaign have written to the Ministers for Health & Social Service and Education calling for a create a greater parity of esteem between health and social care and to remove...
#WhyICare: Social workers on the importance of engaging with the Review of Children's Social Care in England
The Review has been called a "once in a generation" opportunity to shape the future of children's social care...
Health and Care Bill goes to House of Lords for scrutiny
BASW England wrote to Lords ahead of Tuesday’s Second Reading with a briefing about the key issues within the Bill.
Human Rights Day 2021: Civil society groups urge Government to secure Human Rights Act
This atmosphere of hostility towards human rights and legal accountability in the UK cannot continue.
Blog: Why are the media still using terms like “bed blocker”?
Nobody should accept derogatory language that seeks to locate the blame with the person currently in hospital - as if they are somehow responsible for another person having to wait.
"Invaluable" Cross-Party Group on Social Work to hold first meeting in January
Find out more about the Scottish Parliament's first ever Cross-Party Group on Social Work...
BASW in the media: responding to launch of Government national review into Arthur Labinjo-Hughes tragedy
BASW UK CEO Ruth Allen was interviewed by Channel 4 News, BASW England National Director Maris Stratulis spoke to ITV Central News, while BASW England Professional Officer Paul Shuttleworth appeared...
BASW UK provides briefing to MPs on Arthur Labinjo-Hughes case
The briefing was used by several MPs to call for properly resourced children’s social care
Chief Social Workers write to colleagues following Arthur Labinjo-Hughes tragedy
The letter comes after the Government announced a national review into the case.
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.
16 Days of Action against gender-based violence
BASW supports the 16 Days campaign and is sharing a range of social work resources and content around the issue of gender-based violence.
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.