Scottish Parliament Weekly Round-Up
Find out what happened this week at Holyrood.... On Tuesday, the First Minister gave an update to parliament on the Covid-19 situation where she stated that the country has “turned the corner on the...
Wales Coalition statement following the vote against Part 4 of the Police Bill
Campaigners welcome the Senedd’s vote against Part 4 of the Police Bill – Wales Does Not Consent!
Scottish Parliament holds inaugural meeting of the Cross-Party Group on Social Work
The newly formed Cross-Party Group on Social Work held its first meeting on Wednesday 19th January between MSPs and members and stakeholders of the social work profession.
BASW UK welcomes JCHR report on Age Assessments
Government proposals will put unaccompanied asylum-seeking children at risk if they are wrongly assessed to be over 18.
BASW Cymru's Briefing for Senedd Members on Part 4 of the Police Bill
Labour Lords vote against Police Bill measures after BASW UK intervention
Last week we wrote to the Shadow Home Secretary and Leader of the Labour Party, Keir Starmer, outlining our opposition to the Government proposals
Police Bill: BASW UK and SWU urge Labour Party to defend right to protest
BASW UK and SWU raise serious concerns over Part 3 of Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which gives police forces more power to place restrictions on protests and public assembly.
World Social Work Day 2022: BASW to host programme of activities throughout March
Every year BASW UK is proud to stand together with social workers across the world to mark World Social Work Day, which this year is on Tuesday 15 March.
SWU survey for LBC Radio on the pressures experienced by social workers
The Social Workers Union (SWU) is conducting a survey of its members in conjunction with LBC Radio to highlight the pressures facing staff in social work and the changes that may be needed to address...
BASW student ambassador scheme: Apply now!
BSAs ensure BASW is hearing the voice of students, whilst also acting as a conduit for students to get a better understanding of how BASW is supporting people who have chosen to qualify as social...
"Wishing SASW members, all social workers and those we support a peaceful and joyous festive time. You continue to do great work in extraordinary times."
A festive message from SASW National Director, Alison Bavidge
Trauma Informed Social Work Services Expert Advisory Group
Social workers wanted for new trauma informed social work services expert advisory group
Nominations now open for SASW MHO of the Year
Nominations have opened for SASW's MHO of the Year Award...
Police Bill: BASW UK receives response from Home Office on unauthorised encampments guidance
The draft guidance further discriminates against Gypsy and Traveller communities, with it telling police to avoid ‘gold-plating’ the human rights of those using unauthorised encampments.
SWU is proud to be a member of the first ever Cross-Party Group on Social Work
The purpose of the new CPG on Social Work is to promote understanding of the complexities of the social work profession, bring together its voice, and positively raise its profile.
SWU: There will be Social Workers working hard over the festive period
John McGowan, SWU General Secretary and Carys Phillips, SWU Chair share festive wishes to all
Take a moment to be proud of all you have done
Ruth Allen, BASW CEO and Gerry Nosowska, BASW Chair share reflections as the year draws to an end
Ethical questions for social workers when services are not able to cope with demand
BASW is providing guidance for Social Workers during Covid-19, which has been recently updated to reflect the current situation.
The Social Workers Union presents SWU Ambassador Award to Emma Lewell-Buck
SWU honours Emma Lewell-Buck MP for her tireless advocacy for social work and the people who use its services.
A message from the BASW Cymru team
The team in BASW Cymru want to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and restful festive period, one we hope you are able to spend with family and loved ones. Many of you will be on duty at this...
Care Review: BASW England 'Call for Ideas' submission
BASW England has been strongly encouraging members to share their views - and we've also put together our own submission, which you can read here...
Findings of Significant Case Learning Review on "Child H" published
Read the recommendations of a Significant Case Learning Review on 'neglect and potential harm' of 4 year old child in South and East Ayrshire...
Star Hobson case: BASW speaks to media
We spoke to Sky News, Channel 4 News and BBC Look North about Star Hobson's murder and the pressures on frontline social workers...
This Week in Westminster - 15 December 2021
Kerri Prince, Public and Political Affairs Lead, provides the last Westminster update of 2021.
BASW responds to the murder of Star Hobson
BASW England wishes to express our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and those affected by the horrific murder of Star Hobson.
Call out for memories of Downham, Lewisham…
The development of community mental health and support services including the Northover Centre in Downham, Lewisham, London: do you, family or friends have memories to share?
Human rights of Romani and Traveller communities under threat as Police Bill goes through House of Lords
Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities across the UK will face further discrimination as a result of the measures and guidance in the Bill.
BASW statement on Covid-19 vaccination and Omicron variant
BASW is concerned to hear about the problems with online booking systems for vaccines and Covid-19
BJSW Editor’s Choice vlog: in conversation with Philip Mendes, Jacqueline Wilson and Frank Golding
BJSW co-editor Dr Reima Ana Maglajlic speaks to Philip Mendes, Jacqueline Wilson and Frank Golding about their research into the experiences of care leavers in Australia.
BASW Cymru continues to support the student bursary campaign
The MASW Bursary Campaign have written to the Ministers for Health & Social Service and Education calling for a create a greater parity of esteem between health and social care and to remove...
#WhyICare: Social workers on the importance of engaging with the Review of Children's Social Care in England
The Review has been called a "once in a generation" opportunity to shape the future of children's social care...
Health and Care Bill goes to House of Lords for scrutiny
BASW England wrote to Lords ahead of Tuesday’s Second Reading with a briefing about the key issues within the Bill.
Human Rights Day 2021: Civil society groups urge Government to secure Human Rights Act
This atmosphere of hostility towards human rights and legal accountability in the UK cannot continue.
Blog: Why are the media still using terms like “bed blocker”?
Nobody should accept derogatory language that seeks to locate the blame with the person currently in hospital - as if they are somehow responsible for another person having to wait.
"Invaluable" Cross-Party Group on Social Work to hold first meeting in January
Find out more about the Scottish Parliament's first ever Cross-Party Group on Social Work...
BASW in the media: responding to launch of Government national review into Arthur Labinjo-Hughes tragedy
BASW UK CEO Ruth Allen was interviewed by Channel 4 News, BASW England National Director Maris Stratulis spoke to ITV Central News, while BASW England Professional Officer Paul Shuttleworth appeared...
BASW UK provides briefing to MPs on Arthur Labinjo-Hughes case
The briefing was used by several MPs to call for properly resourced children’s social care
Chief Social Workers write to colleagues following Arthur Labinjo-Hughes tragedy
The letter comes after the Government announced a national review into the case.
SWU Statement on Arthur Labinjo-Hughes
John McGowan, General Secretary of the Social Workers Union offers condolences to the family of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes
BASW responds to the Government national review launched following the tragic death of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes
There must absolutely be answers and learning from this terrible tragedy and social workers need to be supported to do the vital work they do.
Social care white paper: BASW England response
This week the Government released its long-awaited White Paper, which sets out a 10-year vision for reform that seeks to put people at the centre of social care.
BASW responds to tragic death of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes
The British Association of Social Workers sends its heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and all those affected by the horrific murder of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes. We await the outcome of the...
Measuring Well-being in Welsh Social Work: A Research Report by Professor Neil Thompson, Abyd Quinn Aziz and Allison Hulmes
Measuring Wellbeing in Welsh Social Work: a research report This important survey led by Professor Neil Thompson, an expert in workforce wellbeing, consolidates and builds on our knowledge of...
Social workers write to Priti Patel opposing inhumane Police Bill that discriminates against Romani and Traveller families
The British Association of Social Workers, the Social Workers Union and partner organisations express concern that recent guidance is inhumane and unlawful.
16 Days of Action against gender-based violence
BASW supports the 16 Days campaign and is sharing a range of social work resources and content around the issue of gender-based violence.
BJSW Editor’s Choice vlog: in conversation with Will Mason and Lisa Bunting
BJSW co-editor Dr Reima Ana Maglajlic speaks to Will Mason and Lisa Bunting about their research into inequalities in UK child welfare interventions.
SWU looks forward to attending the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children Event on the Health and Care Bill
The APPG for Children, supported by their secretariat the National Children’s Bureau, are hosting an event to explore what a good Integrated Care System looks like for children and identify...
Season's Greetings e-card by Harry Venning
BASW is fundraising to support Homeless and Asylum Seeker charities across the UK by sharing festive wishes with a specially designed Clare in the Community eCard by Harry Venning.
SWU supports former BASW Chair Guy Shennan’s 60th Birthday Quiz-A-Thon!
Every two years since 2009 (other than in 2017 when he walked 100 miles as part of the BASW/SWU Boot Out Austerity campaign), Guy has done a sponsored activity for 12 hours nonstop to raise money for...
SWU Campaign Fund launches the #FoodIsCare campaign
We are pleased to announce that the SWU Campaign Fund in partnership with Campaign Collective has launched its first campaign!
Carers Rights Day - 25 November 2021
BASW England statement - Social workers also have a key role to play in supporting carers, such as providing information, advice and guidance with a focus on rights and entitlements.
BASW England statement in response to BBC News findings that “100 people held more than 20 years in ‘institutions’”
These findings reaffirm the importance of our Homes Not Hospitals campaign
Reflections on COP26
By Lena Dominelli, University of Stirling, Head of Delegation for the International Association of Schools of Social Work at COP26