NIASW's Adult Services Survey
Following the successful publication of the findings from NIASW's ‘Social Work not Paperwork – Cutting Bureaucracy in Childcare Social Work’ survey in November 2012, the Association is pleased to...
Book now for World Social Work Day at Murrayfield – Social Services Expo and Conference
Places at the Social Services Expo and Conference on 19th March at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh are going fast, so book your free entry now. Find out more about this unique event here and make...
Bridget Robb - Social workers at Mid Staffs must ask why they didn't blow the whistle
Writing for the Guardian Social Care Network, BASW's acting chief executive Bridget Robb explains why the Mid Staffs NHS scandal is also a disgrace shared by the social work profession.
BASW: Empowered social workers must be at heart of children & families reforms
As children’s minister Edward Timpson today introduces the Children and Families bill to parliament, BASW issues a reminder to government that social workers need more help to keep families together...
Webinar: Social Work not Paperwork - Cutting Bureaucracy in Childcare Social Work
During discussions with members, NIASW found the issue of increasing bureaucracy in childcare was raised as a major ongoing challenge social workers face across all programmes of care. As a key step...
A survey about social workers' experiences of child sexual abuse when there is an online element. A project being undertaken by NSPCC, CEOP and BASW.
Protecting children in Northern Ireland means supporting social workers
NIASW supports Northern Ireland's first review into child deaths but says policymakers must take heed of issues raised highlighting social workers facing high caseloads and not being adequately...
Welsh reforms must allow social workers to do their job warns BASW Cymru
BASW Cymru welcomes progress of Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill but warns reforms will only succeed if social workers are freed from 'tick box' culture and allowed to focus on clients.
BASW chief urges Cameron to act as inquiry highlights plight of asylum seeking children
BASW's Chief Executive Bridget Robb calls on David Cameron for action as inquiry reveals 'shocking truth' of treatment of asylum-seeking children.
BASW urges action in wake of CQC report highlighting concern over detentions under Mental Health Act
BASW calls on policy makers and service providers to act after the Care Quality Commission highlights concern over the treatment of people detained under the Mental Health Act in England.
Holocaust Memorial Day reminds us of injustice in the world
As the world remembers the persecution of Jews in Nazi Europe on Holocaust Memorial Day, BASW highlights the role of social workers in standing up against injustice and supporting the most vulnerable...
Care of asylum-seeking children inadequate, says Kindertransport descendant
Daughter of Kindertransport Jew fleeing Nazi persecution says support for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in UK is inadequate.
Adoption shake-up could adversely impact on children and parents
BASW's Acting Chief Executive Bridget Robb backs concerns raised by the Local Government Association over adoption reforms in England which could see the role of councils reduced.
Bosses enjoying salary hikes while staff suffer cutbacks
BASW Cymru criticises pay hikes to senior managers in two Welsh authorities while social workers suffer from salary freezes and austerity cutbacks.
BASW Cymru continue partnership with COMPASS for 2013 Social Work Awards
Each year BASW Cymru organises the Social Work Awards, highlighting the successful practice demonstrated by social work professionals throughout Wales. This year will be the fourth time the...
BASW Cymru's World Social Work Day celebration 20 March
BASW Cymru will be celebrating World Social Work Day on 20th March 2013 at The BASW Cymru Office, 1 Caspian Point, Pierhead Street, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 4DQ between 11.30 – 2.00 Speakers...
Adoption 'tsar' speaks out
Interview with the Government's 'adoption tsar' Martin Narey to feature in February's issue of Professional Social Work magazine.
BASW publishes Social Media Policy, placing 'e-professionalism' centre stage
The BASW Social Media Policy, launched today, emphasises how Facebook, Twitter and other similar online platforms offer the means to benefit social work practice, boost CPD opportunities and open up...
Why BASW developed a Social Media Policy
Social media is a growing issue for social workers, in terms of how they employ these communications platforms in their professional and personal lives. We see its prevalence in discussions about...
BASW STATEMENT: Update on Chief Executive position
BASW Council has completed the independent investigation into allegations made about the conduct of suspended Chief Executive Hilton Dawson. Following a subsequent period of mediation, recommended by...
Minister Poots backs NIASW poll and invites Association to outline changes
NIASW held a very successful meeting with Minister for Health, Edwin Poots, on 14 January to discuss the Association's recent survey of Northern Ireland practitioners, ‘Social Work not Paperwork’....
Kent’s improved, but cuts hurting children nationally
Ofsted has reclassified Kent's children's services from "inadequate" to "adequate" after a two-year £30million improvement drive but BASW warned Government cuts are putting children at risk across...
'Adoption hotspots' map a gimmick not a solution
An 'adoption hotspots' map launched by the Government today is described as a "simplistic approach" to a complex issue by BASW's Acting Chief Executive Bridget Robb.
Employers' duty to protect social workers from burnout
As new research highlights the need for social workers to develop emotional resilience, BASW stresses employers also have a part to play in protecting staff from the danger of burnout.
BLOG – deregistration threat to social work role should not be ignored
Following reports that 8,425 from an estimated 88,000 social workers have not registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in England, BASW professional officer Joe Godden is...
Leading a BASW CPD seminar
Independent practitioners interested in leading a BASW CPD seminar for other social workers should get in touch with specific proposals for the training sessions they could present. BASW, in...
BASW backs plan for A&E teams to access child protection records
BASW's Acting Chief Executive Bridget Robb uses a column in The Times to respond to ministerial plans for all children in England who are admitted to hospital accident and emergency departments to be...
Lords back BASW against Gove's adoption plans
House of Lords backs BASW stance against Government claims that "politically correct" social workers are preventing ethnic children from getting adopted by white candidates. An inquiry by peers also...
Build a Bridge in your community for Holocaust Memorial Day 2013
Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January and this year's theme is on connecting people within their communities. There are a number of activities taking place so find out how you can get...
BASW growing in size and influence despite challenging times
BASW would like to wish all members a Merry Christmas and a happy new year. The last year has been a hugely challenging one for the profession once again, and we hope for better things for all social...
Northern Ireland minister to meet NIASW over bureaucracy survey
Northern Ireland’s health minister Edwin Poots has agreed to meet social workers in the country to discuss their concern that excessive paperwork is stopping them from seeing families. Mr Poots...
NIASW and BASW speaking out stronger than ever on behalf of social work
All the staff at NIASW would like to wish all members a Merry Christmas and a happy new year. The last year has been a hugely challenging one for the profession once again, and we hope for better...
SASW report – December 2012
Another year is almost done and the time to reflect on the year just gone while making resolutions for the year ahead is nearly upon us. Away from our private lives, things are no less simple....
England report – December 2012
The England team would like to wish you a good Christmas break and wish you all a happy new year. The month leading up to Christmas made no allowances for festivities, starting with the second...
BASW Cymru report – December 2012
A very merry Christmas and happy new year to you all from BASW Cymru. We have a host of activities planned for the new year which will continue to support social workers and raise the profile of...
NIASW report – December 2012
We wish you all a lovely Christmas and a peaceful new year. While we look forward to the coming year and what it could bring for social workers in Northern Ireland, this is also a good opportunity...
BLOG: Troubled families? Or troubled stats?
Writing in the Huffington Post, BASW's press officer debunks the stats being used to promote the Troubled Families initiative.
Reviewing the international definition of social work
The current International Definition of Social Work is now under review. It has served us well as we have used it to influence politicians and policy makers about the actual role of social workers in...
Reviewing SASW's branch structure
BASW is undertaking a UK-wide Strategic Review which has prompted us to take a look at our traditional branch structure in Scotland, which was based on the nine regional councils of the 1970s....
A strong year despite many challenges
BASW would like to wish all members a Merry Christmas and a happy new year. It has been a hugely challenging year for the profession once again and we hope for better things for all social workers...
New health and wellbeing post for West Wales
New position for West Wales to promote health and wellbeing of people living in rural areas.
Anonymous egg, sperm and embryo donors … please read this!
Anonymous egg, sperm and embryo donors … please read this! Did you donate your eggs, sperm or embryos before April 2005? Are you interested in the outcome? Have you ever wondered whether anyone...
Pocket guides on problematic substance use launched by BASW
BASW’s Special Interest Group (SIG) on Alcohol and Other Drugs has produced five pocket guides to put basic information, hints, tips and reminders literally into the hands of frontline practitioners.
Entrants sought for Social Care Accolades awards
Social care teams in Wales are invited to get their work recognised by entering the Social Care Accolades 2013 awards before the 1 February deadline.
Social workers advised to keep social life offline this Christmas
BASW is advising social workers not to blur professional boundaries during the festive season and to think about the consequences for their own privacy and safety.
Winterbourne View final report: social workers best placed to plan long term care for people with learning disabilities
BASW is pleased to hear a pledge of support from care services minister Norman Lamb MP for the social work view that long term care for adults with disabilities should be based on treating the person...
BLOG: In Support of Nurses
BASW England Manager Ruth Cartwright on why the social work profession should support nurses.
MP inquiry hears how adoption targets will lead to rushed assessments and increased risks to children
The imposition of six month targets for placing children in care for adoption will lead to rushed and inadequate assessments, potentially making the process too fast for would-be adopters and open to...
Deskilling" youth justice social workers a threat to reducing reoffending, MPs told
Recent successes in reducing crime and reoffending rates across England and Wales could be jeopardised by cuts to the youth justice service and by the marginalisation of the social work role, MPs...
Autumn statement: Bridget Robb - Don’t ask social workers to save lives with no resources
As Chancellor George Osborne unveils his autumn statement, BASW acting chief executive Bridget Robb considers the implications for social workers in a blog for Community Care.
Peterborough practitioner picks up Social Worker of the Year Award for England
A children's social worker from Peterborough who qualified just three years ago won the top honour at the Social Worker of the Year Awards for England, co-sponsored by BASW. Estelle Thain, who works...
MPs hear how social workers struggle with backlogs akin to "M25 at rush hour"
The second stage of an inquiry by MPs into the state of social work heard a wave of additional evidence from frontline social workers about why child protection practice is in a parlous condition and...
Survey finds social workers in Northern Ireland stymied by bureaucracy overload
Northern Ireland social workers doing 20-60 extra hours a month as paperwork takes its toll
First UK guidelines for journalists reporting on child abuse launched
First UK guidance for journalists reporting on child abuse and neglect cases is launched on day Leveson Inquiry into the press is published.
Landmark child abuse reporting guide helps close divide between press and social work
New guidance for child abuse reporting launched in Northern Ireland a potential blueprint for more constructive relationship between media and care professionals.
Social Work Not Paperwork: Media coverage
SOCIAL WORK NOT PAPERWORK: MEDIA COVERAGE See links below for how the Northern Ireland media has reported on the findings of NIASW's survey http://www.u.tv/News/NI-social-work-two-thirds-...
BASW statement on Rotherham/UKIP foster story
BASW statement on Rotherham council's removal of three children from a foster couple.
HCPC deadline extended as thousands fail to register
HCPC has extended the deadline for social workers in England to register after revealing 21,000 have yet to do so.