Local Elections 2022: BASW England manifesto for social work
BASW England is calling on representatives from all parties to pledge their support for social workers and the children, adults and families who use their services
Scottish Parliament Round-Up
Find out the highlights at Holyrood this week..... MSPs returned to parliament on Tuesday after the Easter recess, which was mostly taken up with local election campaigning. Paul O’Kane asked the...
Consultation on proposed changes to the MCA Code of Practice, including guidance on the new Liberty Protection Safeguards: DHSC policy workshops for social workers
This opportunity is open to any practising BIA’s or Supervisory Body representatives that are BASW members in England or Wales and would be able and willing to attend on any of the following dates:...
SWU Campaign Fund update: 7 campaigns and room for more
Any SWU member who would like to run their own campaign is encouraged to submit their idea for funding
Home Office plans to ‘process asylum-seekers’ in Rwanda — BASW UK statement
The UK continues to become an increasingly hostile environment.
SWU and BASW England respond to SWE consultation on amendments to rules, electronic communication, and remote hearings
This joint consultation response was an outstanding example of how a collaborative approach can be much more than the sum of its parts.
Social Worker Policy Panel Meeting Summary
The Scottish Government held the second of its policy panel meetings with front-line social workers on Tuesday 5th April. The monthly online meetings provide a space for all front-line social workers...
BASW England survey: Section 117 aftercare
BASW England would like to gain a better understanding of members' knowledge and experience of S117 aftercare...
SASW seeks clarity from Scottish Government on Ukraine response
SASW has written to the Minister with Special Responsibility for Refugees from Ukraine, the Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care and the Minister for Children and Young People to seek ...
International Romani Day - 8 April 2022
BASW and SWU stand together with Romani communities in the UK and around the world.
COSLA seeks views on Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan
COSLA is seeking views from social workers on the recently published Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan for 2022-2026. The Scottish Government published the plan- "Best Start, Bright Futures"- on...
Elections 2022: Supporting citizens' right to vote
Useful local elections information for social workers.
Scottish Parliament Weekly Round-Up
Find out what happened this week at Holyrood.... The week was dominated by the Ferguson shipyard ferry contract row, the anticipated lifting of covid restrictions around wearing face coverings and...
Spring Statement 2022: BASW update
We will continue to campaign against poverty and be the voice of thousands of social workers across the UK who will see the impact that poverty is having on people
SWU expresses solidarity with the workers sacked by P&O Ferries – trade unions will not stand for these tactics
The immediate termination of an entire seafaring workforce is a stark example of the callous fire and re-hire employment practice that became widespread during the pandemic.
A Reflection on World Social Work Month
As World Social Work Month draws to a close, our Policy Officer, Jonny Adamson, reflects on and rounds-up a month of events and activity from the SASW team. World Social Work Month got off to an...
"Social workers are on the frontline and the Government should be listening to them" — MPs debate impact of pandemic on social work
MPs from across the political spectrum came together yesterday (Wednesday 23 March) to debate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on social work. BASW UK worked with Cat Smith MP to secure the debate...
Invasion of Ukraine – BASW statement update
It is essential that the UK Government acknowledges state responsibilities to respond, resource and coordinate help in this humanitarian crisis.
BASW UK response to Spring Statement
The statement was little more than moving money around, while failing to make the big decisions to tackle the cost-of-living crisis.
Spring Statement 2022: BASW urges UK Government to tackle cost of living crisis
BASW UK is looking for the Chancellor to make announcements that will make a tangible and real difference to people who are in poverty or close to the poverty line.
MPs to debate impact of pandemic on social work
Westminster Hall debate will take place from 9:30am on Wednesday 23 March
Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review comment by BASW
The shocking case of Child Q highlights the reality that racism is ever present in our education, criminal justice and other systems.
National Day of Reflection 2022
BASW is supporting the UK national day of reflection on 23rd March 2022
Scottish Parliament Weekly Round-Up
Find out what happened this week at Holyrood.... The parliamentary week began with MSPs from all parties showing their support on social media for World Social Work Day! 31 MSPs from the SNP, Labour...
CMA review into children’s social care: BASW England statement
BASW England welcomes the acknowledgement of market failure in children’s welfare provision.
War in Ukraine - BASW statement
Government scheme must be resourced and managed and appropriate safeguarding arrangements in place for children and adults to ensure the safety and welfare of all.
When Asylum Seekers are White: Media Eurocentrism and Racism Within Refugee Discourses
SASW is pleased to host this guest blog by Renite Gosal, on our EDI hub. Renite is a current MSc student pursuing Global Mental Health and Society at the University of Edinburgh. She holds a Bachelor...
Unions in solidarity with SWU on World Social Work Day
SWU invited fellow unions to celebrate social work and social workers with us on World Social Work Day 2022 and we were touched by the many messages of solidarity and support that we received.
SASW Celebrates World Social Work Day
On World Social Work Day, the Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW) is paying tribute to the invaluable contributions of social workers across Scotland but also urging MSPs to "grasp the...
Ukrainian Refugee Crisis: BASW writes to Home Office urging Government to scale up response
The UK Government needs to go much further, and much faster, in scaling up effective responses to meet this huge need.
BASW launches first annual survey of membership, revealing what social workers want to overcome current challenges
Survey reveals the motivations, hopes and ambitions of social workers, plus current challenges and priorities for the future.
Prevention of Homelessness Duties Consultation
The Scottish Government and COSLA are currently consulting on proposals for new prevention of homelessness duties. Some of the proposals will have an impact on social work and so it is vital that the...
This Week in Westminster: War in Ukraine, Nationality and Borders Bill, Human Rights Act
Kerri Prince, BASW UK Public Affairs Lead, provides an update from Westminster.
A range of anti-racist organisations supported by BASW Cymru are calling for Jimmy Carr event to be cancelled in an open letter
The group are inviting signatures to the open letter to St David’s Hall, Cardiff.
BASW celebrates International Women's Day 2022
Watch BASW chair Gerry Nosowska's message on International Women's Day 2022...
SWU in solidarity with Ukraine
SWU stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people who are under attack by Russian forces.
#WSWM22: Reflecting on BASW Cymru's opening week
BASW Cymru National Director Allison Hulmes reflects on the first week of World Social Work Month 2022
Scottish Parliament Weekly Round-Up
Find out what happened this week at Holyrood.... Parliament returned in sombre mood on Tuesday with the crisis in Ukraine understandably high on the agenda. Pam Duncan-Glancy asked a Topical Question...
Expansion of the fast-track to child and family social work programme: BASW England statement
The Government must engage in a full stakeholder consultation and an equality and impact assessment on all the routes into social work.
World Social Work Day Motion
We're delighted that the Convenor of the Cross Party Group on Social Work, Fulton MacGregor MSP, has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament highlighting World Social Work Day 2022. As well as...
Watch: BASW CEO Ruth Allen introduces World Social Work Month 2022
World Social Work Month presents a unique opportunity to come together as a profession - across borders and languages and cultures - to shine a light on what unites us as social workers across the UK...
Scottish Parliament Weekly Round-Up
Find out what happened this week at Holyrood.... MSPs returned to parliament on Tuesday following the February recess. The week began with the First Minister confirming details of the government’s...
BASW statement on Ukraine
BASW urges the UK Government to not only work with other world leaders to bring the war to an end, but also to ensure that the people of Ukraine have support and assistance through humanitarian...
Mental Health Officer from Edinburgh wins MHO Practice Award 2022
Meredith Ahearn, a Mental Health Officer who is based at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, has been awarded the Mental Health Practice Award 2022. Ms Ahearn received the accolade from the Minister for...
Solihull joint targeted area inspection (JTAI): BASW England synopsis
The JTAI was published on 21 February 2022
'Encourage, influence, grow: Becoming BASW chair could be the best thing you do in social work'
BASW chair Gerry Nosowska reflects on the role and why it's a fantastic opportunity to represent your profession and make a real difference to social work practice and policy...
Talk to SWU during World Social Work Month at our workplace issues webinar on 29 March 2022
This is a chance for all UK social workers and social work students to talk with the Social Workers Union about workplace issues in a free online session.
SWU announces theme for 2022 student essay competition
Four grants of £500 will be awarded to the best arguments for how to change media portrayals of social workers.
Expert panel announced for Wales in first step to a National Care Service
An expert group has been set up to support the creation of a National Care Service which will be free at the point of need, continuing as a public service, with an implementation plan by the end of...
CEO blog: Introducing World Social Work Month 2022!
Dr Ruth Allen gives an overview of BASW's month of activities and events this March...
Integration White Paper: BASW England initial response
The role of social workers as the main registered social care profession within integrated systems must be heard and represented within any new structures.
Human Rights Act reform: BASW member consultation
All responses need to be received by BASW by Thursday 3 March
National Care Service Policy Panel Meetings
The Scottish Government is hosting a series of online monthly policy panel meetings for social workers on the proposals for a National Care Service. These discussions are specifically for social...
BASW Cymru publishes report on Hospital Discharge and its' Impact on Patient Flow through Hospitals
Download the report now
SWU Campaign Fund update: Rampant food insecurity hitting most vulnerable
The Food Is Care campaign group's unique survey shows how widespread food poverty is in the UK. The group asks professional bodies to view this as an opportunity to centrally locate food...
BASW blog: 'LGBTQ+ people are not deviants'
Dr. Paul Shuttleworth writes a powerful personal reflection to mark LGBTQ+ History Month
"Imperative" that social workers are exempt from car parking levy
Local authorities in Scotland will soon have powers to impose parking charges with no upper limit on workplaces. Only NHS properties, GP surgeries, hospices and blue badge holders will be exempt from...