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Professional Indemnity Insurance – make sure you’re protected

BASW NI has received several reports from different HSC Trust areas that social workers attending training to prepare them to practice under the Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 are being informed they will need to secure professional indemnity insurance as the HSC Trusts will not provide full cover in relation to this work.

This is a new development for social workers who have always been advised that if they follow their codes of conduct and practice guidance they will be fully protected by their employer’s insurance.

BASW NI is unclear regarding why this situation has changed and is seeking an explanation from the Association of Executive Directors of Social Work as a matter of urgency. In the meantime, we wish to reassure all our existing members that you are covered, as a BASW member you are automatically afforded professional indemnity insurance cover of £5 million.

For all those who need to access insurance, this can be provided by BASW NI, by joining today you will be immediately protected.

In addition to representing the collective interests of the social work profession and ensuring our members are protected on an individual basis via provision of professional indemnity insurance, BASW NI also provides a first-class Advice and Representation service. All our Advice and Representation staff are trained social workers who understand the challenges and pressures faced by social workers at the front line and provide comprehensive support to members who find themselves in difficult circumstances.

For more information on the many benefits of joining BASW, or to become a member, visit our website. You can also call 0121 622 8401 to speak to our Membership Team.

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