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British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and the Social Workers Union (SWU) re-sign new Co-operation Agreement

The new Co-operation Agreement shows our ongoing commitment to providing the best for social workers together.

John McGowan, SWU General Secretary and Ruth Allen, BASW Chief Executive signed a new, formal co-operation agreement between the two organisations in London on Thursday 10th June. This reaffirms the commitment of SWU and BASW to advance together in our shared goals and to create a strong future for both organisations.  

BASW Chief Executive Ruth Allen said, “BASW and SWU are distinct but very closely aligned organisations that complement each other. We can do so much to support social workers and social work through working together and are delighted to have refreshed our Co-operation Agreement. This provides the foundation for all the great work we are doing and are going to do together in coming years.

John McGowan, SWU General Secretary added, “I am pleased that the Co-operation Agreement has been signed again by both organisations. It reinforces our commitment to drive forward the professional agenda and also provide trade union support to BASW members who sign up to SWU.”

Carys Phillips, SWU Chair highlighted, "It is really poignant that SWU and BASW have reviewed and re-committed to their partnership at a time when social workers need both organisations most. Both BASW and SWU live collaboration is key to ensuring that social work continues to articulate social care’s complexity during this time of unprecedented change and challenge.”

Members of BASW can join SWU at a very affordable price and through this enjoy the full range of professional support, practice development, advice and representation, and union services from the combination of our complementary organisations. Social work values are at the heart of both organisations.

BASW Chief Executive Ruth Allen and SWU General Secretary John McGowan each hold a side of the new BASW/SWU Co-operation Agreement (signed 10 June 2021) while remaining socially distanced due to COVID-19 regulations.
BASW Chief Executive Ruth Allen and SWU General Secretary John McGowan hold up the newly signed Co-operation Agreement.