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.
NIASW's December PSW blog
It has been an exciting month at NIASW as we launched our survey, Social Work Not Paperwork – Cutting Bureaucracy in Childcare Social Work. You can read more about this below and on page 06. Many...
BASW: Protect children from ‘currency of sex’
Responding to the publication of the findings of a nationwide Inquiry by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, BASW has called on society to stop tolerating the promotion of sexualised images of...
BASW highlights damaging 'draconian' culture as Doncaster receives critical report
Concerns such as those highlighted today over failing children’s services at Doncaster will remain unless bureaucracy is reduced and cuts reversed to allow social workers to do their job, warned BASW...
Gove right not to blame individuals or care system but removing more children from home is no panacea
Commenting on a speech on child protection given by Education Secretary Michael Gove MP at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) that advocated an expansion in the care system, with more...
BLOG: Frontline scheme is no laughing matter
Andrew Ellery, Social Worker and BASW member, assesses the Frontline scheme.
BLOG: Lessons from Savile in resisting organised sexual exploitation
Blog by Ruth Stark, manager of the Scottish Association of Social Workers (SASW), on what have we learnt about organised sexual abuse, repeat offenders and the long term effects of the offending on...
HCPC urges social workers to set up direct debits by 19 November
The latest details on the Health and Care Professions Council's (HCPC) campaign to ensure social workers in England renew their registration and don't lose their right to practise as a social worker.
BASW: Profiteering private firms won’t save under-funded LA social services
BASW has hit out at Sandwell Council’s decision to award a £1.5m 30-month contract to management consultancy firm iMPOWER to run its children’s services.
MPs listen to concerns from social work frontline
MPs acknowledge "crisis" in social work after professional testimonials underline concerns raised in BASW's State of Social Work survey.
Resource implications cannot be ignored after MPs express safeguarding fears for older children
BASW welcomed a report by MPs on the House of Commons Education Select Committee, highlighting failings in the care system for older children, but warned the situation would get worse unless the...
Rise in children coming into care amid cutbacks puts increased pressure on social workers, Lords told
Lords inquiry warned social workers are straining under increased workload as more children come into care in a climate of service cuts.
Corporate parenting should be a job for life
BASW's acting chief executive Bridget Robb argues spending more on extended support for care leavers is not only the right thing to do morally, it also makes economic sense.
BASW critical of government plan for two chief social workers instead of one
Community Care's coverage of BASW's criticism of a government decision to scrap a plan to appoint one Chief Social Work Officer, and instead to divide the role between the Department of Health and...
More support, not bigger cash handout is answer to care leavers
Calls by the Children's Minister to provide greater support to young people leaving care are welcomed by BASW, while raising concern over proposals to increase a one-off payment to care leavers.
BASW: IDS is punishing children for being born
BASW has hit out at Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith for proposed plans to cap child benefit at two children per family.
Winterbourne View highlights dangers of an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ culture
The Winterbourne View scandal highlights the importance of funding locally based support for people with challenging behaviour and learning disabilities rather than sending them to far off...
Power of entry proposals supported by BASW Cymru
BASW Cymru welcomes proposals to give social workers greater power to enter homes to safeguard adults they believe are suffering abuse or neglect.
BASW says leadership and resources are key to transforming Birmingham children's services
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) says sustained leadership improvements are crucial if Birmingham City Council is to successfully turn around its child protection services, following...
Nigerian baby ruling sparks trafficking fears
Concern has been raised over a High Court decision granting custody of a Nigerian child to non-biological parents as a government report into human trafficking is published.
BASW joins rally against austerity
BASW is set to show its support for the TUC's Future that Works march.
Eastenders responds to Professional Social Work Magazine (PSW)
In light of the controversy surrounding the EastEnders’ storyline, PSW put some questions to the show’s executive producer, Lorraine Newman. Here are her answers.
NIASW's October – College machinations, working for you and good practice ...
NIASW's update for members in Northern Ireland
BASW: Care staff need better regulation that remembers personalisation
As an FOI request from BBC Inside Out programme to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reveals that 217 care home providers in England have been employing staff who do not have the proper...
BASW responds to member confusion about issues surrounding College membership
BASW responds to concerns raised by members about joining The College of Social Work (TCSW). BASW makes it clear to social workers they do not need to join TCSW to access the Professional...
Social work funding constraints toughest for a whole generation
Senior BASW member and social worker in Wales speaks out about how funding for social work is worse today than it has been at any time in the last three decades.
East Glasgow social worker is the inaugural winner of mental health officer award
Renfrewshire social worker Liz Snodgrass has become the first winner of the Scottish Association of Social Work's Wilma Macdonald Mental Health Officer (MHO) of the Year Award for her work supporting...
BASW England's October – Mariella Frostrup, soap operas, the 'adoption tsar' and much more besides ...
BASW England's monthly round-up of activity, this month placing a particular focus on the team's extensive media work, featuring across the airwaves and print media on a host of high profile subjects...
BASW speaks up for social work over EastEnders depiction of poor practice
BASW has led the social work profession's public response to an EastEnders storyline featuring a social worker the Association says is portrayed acting illegally and in a way that could put off...
Call for a Honorary Secretary - job description
The IFSW European Region is looking to appoint an Honorary Secretary to support the Regional Executive and member organisations to promote social work in Europe. The appointment is on a voluntary...
Swansea social worker recognised for tackling online sex abuse
A Swansea social worker’s efforts to prevent young people with learning difficulties falling prey to online sexual predators was praised at BASW Cymru’s Social Work Awards. Claire Page, a member of...
Social workers honoured in BASW Cymru Awards
The unsung heroes of the “best profession in the world” were celebrated at BASW Cymru’s annual Social Work Award ceremony, held at the Welsh National Assembly.
And the winners were...
BASW Cymru’s third annual Social Work awards took place in the grand surroundings of the Welsh National Assembly’s Senedd building this week.
IPPR ‘Frontline’ report: we first need to retain existing social workers
As the IPPR today publishes a new report proposing to apply the Teach First model to children’s social work, BASW cautioned of the need to support and retain existing staff and current graduates,...
BASW responds to allegations of targeting foreign families for adoption
There have been a number of claims made recently by families, notably from Slovakia, that children have been unfairly taken from their parents by authorities in England, culminating in a protest...