UN lauds social work’s global influence
A top United Nations official has called on social workers to collaborate with the UN on achieving the millennium development goals to cut world poverty.
Surge in child protection referrals set to continue
Local authorities could see an increase of more than a third in the number of children going into the care system in 2011-2012 based on predictions from recent increases in child protection referrals...
BASW welcomes plan to free social workers from bureaucracy
A new review of child protection work promises to cut down on the paperwork confronting social workers in their jobs.
Government confirms independent fees will be capped
The coalition government has controversially decided to press ahead with plans to cap the court fees for independent social workers (ISWs), BASW Online has learned.
Social workers from across the world unite at Joint World Conference
More than 2,500 social workers from across the globe are coming together this week at the Joint World Conference in Hong Kong.
Derby social workers set to take industrial action
Social workers in Derby will begin industrial action this week after learning that their car allowances will be cut.
Loughton takes responsibility for social work reform
Ministerial responsibility for social work reform has been given to Tim Loughton, the parliamentary under secretary for children and families in the new Department for Education.
Plymouth praised while Doncaster faces government intervention
Ofsted has praised Plymouth Council’s children’s services department for the way it handled a high-profile child protection investigation.
Councils should not make placement choices based on cost
Money should not be a barrier to making sure vulnerable looked-after children get the best possible care, according to a 10-month inquiry by the National Assembly for Wales into the placement of...
Child protection guidance launched in Scotland
Scottish children’s minister Adam Ingram has launched draft child protection guidance which covers areas including online safety and child trafficking.
Children face greater risk if social work services are cut
Social workers are almost unanimous in the view that any cuts to social work services would leave already massively understaffed child protection teams less able to keep vulnerable young people safe...
Report highlights failings for children in prison
A fall in the number of young people in prison has not resulted in improved conditions for the majority of incarcerated young people, The Howard League for Penal Reform has warned.
BASW launches new discussion forum
A brand new debating ground has been opened on BASW’s website in the form of a new discussion forum, designed to allow social workers to discuss the issues pertinent to you.
BASW takes resounding poll mandate into College Development Group talks
After a resounding victory in its national referendum, BASW is set to rejoin the government-backed development group taking forward plans for a College of Social Work.
BASW presses for suspended workers to be allowed to re-register
BASW’s Advice and Representation Service has urged social workers to be allowed to re-register while they are suspended from duties as news emerged that the two social workers at the centre of the...
Abusive social worker removed from practice
A former social worker at Birmingham City Council, Angela Turner, has been removed from the Social Care Register for allegations including inappropriate and abusive language towards a service user.
The statistics that say social work makes a difference
Social work interventions have cut child deaths and improved the life chances for vulnerable young people, the BASW England conference heard last week.
Hilton Dawson’s call for Social Work Act of Parliament
It’s time for social work to get off its collective knees and launch a revolution in the great May tradition, says BASW chief executive Hilton Dawson in his PSW column next month.
Liberal Democrats promise integration of health and social care
The Liberal Democrat Party pledged to integrate health and social care services in its manifesto published this week.
Social work is absent from Conservative Party manifesto
No mention of social work was included in the Conservative party manifesto published earlier this week. Despite 52 references to the word ‘social’ and a focus on the concept of the ‘Big Society’, the...
Social worker removed from practice for fabricating visits to at-risk children
Former Plymouth City Council social worker Charon Rae Salisbury has been removed from the Social Care Register following a General Social Care Council (GSCC) conduct hearing this week.
Plaid Cymru rejects ‘punitive’ welfare reforms
Plaid Cymru has outlined its commitment to free care provision for older and disabled people in its manifesto published this week.
BASW condemns comments about “arrogant and enthusiastic removers of children”
BASW has expressed astonishment at comments from the new president of the high court’s family division, Lord Justice Wall, after he described the perception of many social workers as “arrogant and...
Labour plans could see more social workers in schools
The Labour Party has pledged that social work training will be overhauled and more social workers would be based in schools should they be re-elected into government following the General Election...
BASW calls for a Social Work election
As Gordon Brown has named Thursday 6 May as election day, the British Association of Social Workers has called for cross-party commitment to guarantee that social work services will be prioritised...
Northern Ireland puts safeguarding vulnerable adults to the fore
A reform of Northern Ireland’s current adult protection infrastructure has been unveiled by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS).
BASW leader offers clear message on the choice facing members
In an Easter message to members BASW chief executive Hilton Dawson has called for a resounding ‘yes’ vote in the UK College of Social Work referendum which closes on April 21.
Financial independence for GSCC will see costs passed onto social workers
BASW has welcomed plans to redefine the role of the General Social Care Council (GSCC) in a move that would restrict its activities to social work, but warned that a further proposal to make the body...
Government commitment to free care is a step towards meeting BASW’s Manifesto for Social Work agenda
BASW has warmly welcomed government confirmation of plans for a National Care Service for England that would fulfil one of the five aims set out in its Manifesto for Social Work.
BASW warns that National College plan is ‘fatally flawed’
BASW chair Fran Fuller has warned that rival plans for a National College of Social Work in England are ‘fatally flawed’.
Independent social workers hit out at Ministry of Justice
Independent social workers (ISWs) are calling on the government to drop plans to slash their court fees in half, claiming that children’s lives will be put in danger. Their fees for acting as expert...
Let us help make the College Work, BASW urges
“Let us help you make the College work,” was the message from BASW chief executive Hilton Dawson after addressing a meeting of the National College steering group, chaired by the Social Care...
Survey reveals high caseloads, disillusion and support for a BASW college
Almost a quarter of social workers are handling more than 30 cases at once and 56% have seriously considered leaving the profession during the last year, a BASW survey on The State of Social Work...
BASW Cymru conference and Annual Meeting: Regulatory consultation pledged and members debate college plans
Social work to have more say in Care Council approach
Edinburgh Castle hosts illustrious social work awards event
Scotland marked World Social Work Day in style this week with an illustrious awards evening for social workers in the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle in which Ella Brown, a senior social worker with...
Government listens to BASW UK college proposals
BASW has welcomed an invitation from two senior cabinet ministers to meet with them in the wake of the Association’s decision to ballot members on the formation of a College of Social Work across the...
Free offer to mark World Social Work Day
To mark yesterday’s World Social Work Day celebration, BASW members have been offered free access to a selection of online articles from Practice: Social Work in Action.
BASW urges members to vote yes in referendum to change social work for the better
As ballot papers for a referendum on launching a College of Social Work across the UK arrive on doorsteps, BASW is urging members to vote yes to its plan.
Scottish Parliament offers social work endorsement
The Scottish Parliament has given official backing to World Social Work Day and to Scotland’s wider National Social Care Week, a week of activities, commencing on 15 March, celebrating the work of...
Sharp criticism of Community Care’s college coverage
The BASW chief executive Hilton Dawson has used a letter to Community Care to sharply criticise the weekly magazine’s coverage of the Association’s plans to develop a College of Social Work across...
LGA calls for scrapping of Laming’s initial assessment plan
Social workers should be given the freedom to process referrals using their own discretion and the requirement to carry out a formal initial assessment should be scrapped, according to the Local...
Social work achievements honoured in major Northern Ireland awards event
NIASW Awards – Outstanding Individual Award
Climbie social worker finally wins right to re-register as a social worker
Former Haringey social worker Lisa Arthurworrey has won her bid to be registered by the General Social Care Council (GSCC) after being turned down at her first attempt.
Independent college a matter of “professional pride”
Chief executive Hilton Dawson has used a BASW conference in Northern Ireland to re-emphasise the case for an independent College of Social Work across the UK, led by social workers, arguing it...
BASW’s college vision welcomed by opposition party
BASW’s plan to launch an independent College of Social Work across the UK has prompted interest from the Conservative Party.
What a college means in practice
As BASW members begin receiving details of a referendum for establishing an independent College of Social Work across the UK, an analysis of how equivalent bodies for other professions function is...
Social workers needed to share experiences in media interviews
BASW is issuing an urgent call to frontline social workers or managers across the UK to share their experiences of the work they do in TV, radio and print interviews.
Historic decision for BASW to develop a College of Social Work
In a historic move BASW is calling on social workers to vote yes in a referendum of its members on launching an independent College of Social Work across the UK to raise the status of the profession.
Laming recommendations will need 6,300 extra social workers
Social workers could be driven out of the profession as a result of child protection reforms that will treble their workload, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.
Admonishment for leaving eight-year-old child
A social worker who failed to inform agencies that an eight-year-old child in her care had run away was today admonished for a year following a hearing into her conduct.