BASW increases charity funding as social worker debt levels rise
BASW has increased the funding it provides for social workers facing financial difficulty, as evidence grows that more and more hard-up professionals are falling into debt.
Protection of title comes out top in GSCC ‘most influential policy’ poll
The General Social Care Council (GSCC) has marked its imminent demise by publishing a poll in which more than half of all social work respondents named ‘protection of title’ as the policy which has...
Launch of Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development: Commitments to Action
Three global organizations join forces to make an impact on social development. The three international social work, education and social development bodies have committed to working together with...
BASW: Government’s red tape move ‘disingenuous’
BASW has described government proposals to slim down child protection guidance as “disingenuous”.
Full details of BASW’s 2012 Annual Conference on 14 June
BASW’s 2012 Annual Conference will take place on 14 June, pursuing the following themes: 1. The implications for the profession of the BASW’s State of Social Work survey 2. The latest situation in...
BASW tells Pickles to stop bullying the poor
Commenting on plans to be unveiled tomorrow by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles that all 152 top-level councils in England will be incentivised to send in “trouble-shooters” to deal with problem...
Rise in neglect reports to NSPCC – impact of the recession cannot be ignored
New figures released by the NSPCC show that reports of neglect to its helpline have doubled over the last two years to reach record levels.
Family Justice Review: “How will a 26 week limit work when we don’t have capacity in the system?”
BBC Radio Wales’ Eye on Wales programme has found ‘considerable variation’ between the time taken by family courts to permanently remove children considered “at risk”.
BASW Cymru submits response to Social Services (Wales) Bill
BASW Cymru has submitted its full response to the Social Services (Wales) Bill, which is aimed at providing legislative backing for the changes outlined in the Welsh Government’s white paper, ‘...
Wales survey finds social workers getting supervision in Tesco
Nearly a quarter of social workers in Wales surveyed in a snapshot poll do not receive professional supervision, despite the vast majority of employers having a clear supervision policy.
SASW announces CPD programme
Scottish Association of Social Workers ( SASW – part of BASW) is committed to promoting the continued professional development of social workers.
Cafcass research – “increasing demand must be matched by resources”
Commenting on new research from Cafcass that claims that local authorities are acting more quickly to process care applications.
‘Baby P’ social workers lose appeal: five years on, social workers still afraid to whistleblow
Gillie Christou and Maria Ward , two social workers involved in the case of Baby Peter Connelly, have lost their appeal against an employment tribunal ruling that they were fairly sacked, prompting...
Northern Ireland Shared Service Plan: a blow for employees and service users
The Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers (NIASW) has criticised relocation plans that will leave some health administration workers in Derry with a choice between long commutes or the...
Progress on Munro, but child protection system still getting worse
Commenting on Professor Eileen Munro’s progress report into the review of the child protection system.
Blog: Sexual exploitation of children
BASW member Janet Foulds has written a Guardian blog "Child grooming – what social workers should know".
Blog: BASW Cymru on a new CPD framework for social workers
BASW Cymru deputy chair Carol Davies offers an insight into the Continuing Professional Education and Learning (CPEL): A Framework for Social Workers in Wales, outlining what it means for...
Social workers fear for vulnerable children as cuts push system to breaking point
Read BASW’s latest Huffington Post blog Our social workers are cleaning toilets instead of protecting children.
Peterborough SCR points to wider child protection challenges
BASW has called for a “sustained governmental commitment” to child protection following the publication of a serious case review examining the circumstances prior to the murder of five-year-old Tyler...
Adoption scorecards risk prioritising speed over quality
BASW has expressed concern at the government’s publication of adoption scorecards, which rank local authorities on how long children in their care wait to be adopted.
BASW rejects Daily Mail fears about the trouble with baby Chardonnays
BASW has responded to media stories about social workers standing in the way of adopted parents being able to change the name of the children they adopt by emphasising the importance of maintaining...
Blog: Why the Draft Care and Support Bill was more disappointment than relief
My initial reaction to news that the Draft Care and Support Bill had made it into the Queen’s Speech was one of relief followed by disappointment that there was no mention of attempting to resolve...
BASW’s disappointment at HPC’s refusal to register social work students
BASW has expressed disappointment at the conclusion of the Health Professions Council (HPC) that registration of social work students by the same body that regulates qualified practitioners is not...
BASW comment following sentencing in the Rochdale child sex abuse case
Read BASW’s latest Huffington Post blog which poses the question “Why do we only take notice of our teenagers when rapists are convicted?”
BASW signs letter to Cameron urging action to end social care ‘crisis’
Elderly and disabled people are being left ‘in quiet desperation, trying to cope alone, often ending up in hospital or crisis care’.
BASW’s 2012 AGM – Annual Report and Order Paper
The BASW UK AGM 2012 This will be held on Thursday 14th June 2012, at Novotel Hotel, Birmingham, B1 2HT
Social workers in England urged to nominate for 2012 awards
Social workers are being encouraged to get their nominations in for the 2012 Social Worker of the Year Awards.
Social care white paper is a vital chance to implement Dilnot
With evidence gathering for the white paper on adult social care drawing to a close this week, in BASW’s latest blog for the Huffington Post, the Association urges the government to “buck the trend...
Caution against kneejerk move to satellite tracking paedophiles
The Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW) has cautioned Scotland’s justice minister against a kneejerk move towards the use of satellite technology in tracking sex offenders.
Home Office should not resurrect child asylum seeker dental x-ray scheme
Following pressure from a number of concerned groups including BASW, the UK Border Agency has been forced to suspend a dental x-ray pilot scheme to determine the age of child asylum seekers.
BASW welcomes chief social worker “victory”
BASW has welcomed the advertising of a vacancy for the position of chief social worker within the Westminster government.
Focus on Torbay highlights pressures, BASW says
BASW has highlighted the pressures facing social work teams in the wake of Torbay’s children’s services coming under the spotlight for the fact that two out of five children at risk are not being...
NIASW welcomes wide-ranging NI social work strategy
The Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers has welcomed the publication of a strategy for the profession but again emphasised the need for more to be done about excessive bureaucracy and...
Government urged to act on child protection crisis
Commenting on Cafcass figures showing that the number of local council care applications has passed 10,000 for the first time.
Former New Zealand PM back’s social work’s Global Agenda
Social work’s global manifesto for promoting social and economic equality, the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development, was officially received on behalf of the United Nations in New...
Independent social workers win judicial backing
The important role of independent social workers in family court proceedings won support from a high court judge at a Family Justice Review Public Summit.
Confidentiality in suicide cases – your views sought
The Department of Health (DoH) is inviting BASW members to comment on how better to support families who are worried that a loved one is at risk, and also those who are coping with the aftermath of a...
BASW’s concern at arbitrary care proceeding targets
A Public Law Summit on the Family Justice Review (FJR) heard an upbeat assessment of the potential for an “effective, powerful College of Social Work”.
Ofsted report: Adopters describe social work assessors as ‘welcoming’ and ‘sensitive’
BASW has welcomed aspects of an Ofsted report into the causes of delays in the adoption system, a document that found adoptive parents to be happy with the overall service offered by professionals.
“Poor morale, poor decisions and erosion of identity” – dangers of health integration
BASW has restated its reservations about the dangers of integration as the UK’s largest merger of local authority and NHS care services prepares to go live.
Doncaster SCR prompts BASW to set out cornerstones for improvement
BASW has set out the four cornerstones for improving the effectiveness of serious case reviews, following sharp government criticisms of the serious case review (SCR) into the case of two boys who...
Social work training must encourage students to challenge the political “status quo”
Social workers should resist “becoming de-politicised and part of the status quo” and must not be afraid of reclaiming community work even though it has a reputation as “too radical”, a leading...
Dementia is not just a “social” condition
Welcoming this morning’s announcement that dementia funding is to be more than doubled by 2015.
Give social workers a role in disaster relief work
Social workers should be given a more integral role in supporting teams of workers who assist with natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies.
Social worker describes opposing former employer to get better deal for service users
Disillusioned by the “process bound approach” of working for a local authority, a social worker has told BASW England’s World Social Work Day event how setting up as an independent social worker had...
Wales conference hears ‘shoulder to shoulder’ rallying cry
The social work profession was unable to exist in the Soviet Union and has only been able to establish itself over the past two decades, BASW Cymru’s World Social Work Day celebration in Cardiff was...
Police chief tells social workers to grasp the reality of human trafficking
Social workers and students at BASW Cymru’s WSWD event in Cardiff Bay have heard how the increasingly widespread problem of human trafficking can only be tackled by integrated thinking and a detailed...
Social work in mental health, alcohol damage and criminal justice all honoured
Mental health officer Sandy Watt won the Scottish Association of Social Work’s (SASW’s) Social Worker of the Year award for 2012, a reward for his 20 years as a “model professional”.
Make social justice a priority, BASW’s Westminster WSWD event hears
Social workers must recognise the key role their profession can play in the ongoing fight for social justice, attendees at a Westminster launch of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social...
World Social Work Day: Risk of social workers falling off register
As social workers mark World Social Work Day today, the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) issues a warning about a twin threat to both the profession in England, and to service users.
World Social Work Day 2012: Do Children in Care Get a Better Deal in Other Countries?
The philosophy of social pedagogy is largely alien to the UK’s care system, yet as social workers mark World Social Work Day, it is a good time to consider how much we could learn from how the...
Social workers must take a role in tackling asylum seeker “destitution”
Some asylum seekers in Scotland are being left destitute and social workers must play a role in ensuring their wellbeing, delegates to SASW’s World Social Work Day conference have heard.
Social workers told of their direct links to the world
World Social Work Day (WSWD) offers a chance to link social workers throughout the UK with colleagues around the world who are working, and have worked, to support those in need, delegates to the...
Apply Code of Ethics throughout your practice, social workers told
Social workers should absorb BASW’s revised Code of Ethics, published in January this year, and use it in all aspects of their work, professionals at a Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW –...
Social workers warned to keep their private lives clean
Social workers have been warned by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to ensure they do not do anything in their private lives that could call into question their suitability to practise.
Scottish health and social care integration must heed lessons from abroad
Plans to integrate Scotland’s health and social care services by 2014 must learn lessons from similar efforts elsewhere in the world where successes and failures highlight the perils of attempting to...
Welsh Bill secures BASW’s aim of protecting social work functions
BASW Cymru has described plans to legislate to legally enshrine the role of social workers in specific tasks, including adult and child protection work, as “an extremely welcome and positive step for...
Home care standards – social care leaders must be willing to ‘rock the boat’
BASW has expressed concern that senior figures in social care aren’t “prepared to rock the boat” and tackle the culture revealed by a Which? report.
NIASW starts World Social Work Day celebrations early
Practitioners from across the public and voluntary sector gathered in the Long Gallery of Parliament Buildings, Stormont – home of the Northern Ireland Assembly – to celebrate World Social Work Day...