'Now is the time to stand up for social work' - BASW chair blog
Julia Ross outlines her vision and objectives as the new chair of BASW, the UK’s independent voice for social work.
This Week in Westminster - 5 July 2022
Kerri Prince, BASW UK Public and Political Affairs Lead, provides members with an update from Westminster.
SWU Campaign Fund 2021 - 2022
Read about how the SWU Campaign Fund has assisted members in developing and running campaigns throughout 2021/22.
SASW stands up for Human Rights
Alongside 124 Scottish organisations, SASW has submitted a joint statement to UK Ministers asking them to reverse their decision to replace the Human Rights Act. Social work is built on protecting,...
Setting the Bar raised in parliament
SASW has worked closely with three MSPs to table a series of questions to Scottish Ministers based on findings from the Setting the Bar report. The report highlighted the heavy toll experienced by...
SWU Chair Carys Phillips Speaks at the campaign launch rally for “Our NHS - Born in Wales” with the People’s Assembly Wales
This is an all-Wales campaign for properly publicly funded Health and Social Care support: reverse privatisation, reverse cuts, and fair pay for NHS staff.
SASW meets with Jackie Baillie MSP
This week, SASW National Director, Alison Bavidge, met with the Deputy Leader of Scottish Labour, Jackie Baillie MSP. During Mental Health Awareness Week, SASW briefed opposition MSPs on the serious...
National Care Service Bill Engagement Sessions
SASW is hosting a series of online discussion events throughout summer on the National Care Service Bill. There will be an opportunity to learn more about the National Care Service Bill, ask...
Scottish Parliament Round-Up
This week's highlights at Holyrood..... The final week of the parliamentary term was predictably busy as MSPs rushed to get business finished before returning to their constituencies for summer...
SASW campaigns for an increase in the Mileage Allowance
SASW has engaged with Stuart McMillan MSP to campaign for an increase in the mileage allowance for social workers. As a result, Mr McMillan has written to the Finance Secretary and the UK Chancellor...
What Makes A Home? Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month 2022
Allison Hulmes, BASW Cymru National Director, reflects on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month 2022
Feedback sought on MSP Member Bills
There are two proposed MSP Member Bills currently seeking feedback from the public. A Members' Bill is introduced by an MSP who is not a Scottish Government Minister. Before it can get formally...
Police, Crime and Sentencing and Courts Act comes into force
This legislation criminalises the way of life of Gypsy and Traveller communities - and we also have major concerns around changes to the right to protest.
UK Government publishes ‘Bill of Rights’ to replace Human Rights Act
These legislative proposals will roll back human rights rather than uphold them.
Scotland’s social care and social work sector explore new approaches to accessing support
Key stakeholders and leaders in the social care and social work sector have come together to start exploring alternative approaches to how care and support could be accessed across Scotland. The...
Social Work Benevolent Trust: Join our board of trustees
SWBT provides support to social workers facing financial hardship.
Further funding secured for the Professional Support Service for social workers in Wales!
“I cannot rate the coaching session I took part in highly enough. It was the most reflective discussion I have had in the past decade in social work, and I came away with a renewed sense of...
SASW campaigns for greater focus on tackling poverty
This week, SASW National Director, Alison Bavidge met with the Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security and Social Justice Committee, Elena Whitham MSP to discuss tackling poverty in...
SWU speaks at House of Lords: Equal Protection of Children Against Assault working group meeting
Wales has implemented new laws on ending the physical punishment of children, and England needs to enact similar legislative changes.
Scottish Government Publishes National Care Service Bill
The Scottish Government has introduced its National Care Service Bill to parliament. Creating a National Care Service (NCS) was one of the key policies put forward by the SNP in their manifesto for...
BASW Cymru Summary Report: Racism in Social Work
This summary report brings together our ‘Racism in Social Work’ survey findings, conducted across Wales last year. The survey was developed by the BASW Cymru Anti-Racist Social Work Practice Group...
BASW conference 2022: A social work for the future
Hundreds of social workers from around the UK attended our Annual Conference, which was held at the University of Birmingham.
SASW supports the need for a new Mental Health Strategy
SASW is backing calls for a radically new Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy in Scotland. As one of 17 member organisations in Scotland's Mental Health Partnership, SASW supported the publication...
BASW’s new Chair, Julia Ross, calls out media for latest ‘naming and shaming’ of social worker
In her first statement as Chair of BASW, Julia Ross said: " A child's death is an appalling and dreadful tragedy, but in the cases where social work in involved the blaming or even naming...
BASW in Westminster update: 14 June 2022
Kerri Prince, BASW UK Public and Political Affairs Lead, provides an update from Westminster.
BASW’s opposition to ‘outsourcing’ asylum seekers to Rwanda and Ukraine refugee crisis update
BASW will continue to advocate and lobby for the human rights of all refugees and migrants.
SWU statement in solidarity with Palestine and on not endorsing the IHRA definition of antisemitism
Our commitment to social justice encompasses both the fight against the oppression of Palestinians and the fight against antisemitism.
SWU Assignment student essay competition will award £500 to each winning entry
Submit your essay by 5pm on 24th June 2022 for the chance to win one of four grants
Scottish Parliament Round-Up
This week's highlights at Holyrood..... The week started with the Scottish Government announcing its 13th new benefit using the social security powers now available under the devolution settlement....
25 May Senedd event - blog
Innovative and relationship-based social work – highlighting best practice in Wales. 25th May 2022 Hosted by BASW Cymru. Kindly sponsored by Jack Sargeant, MS. BASW Cymru’s recent event was a huge...
Social Work Policy Panel: June Meeting
The Social Work Policy Panel held its final meeting before the summer on Tuesday 7 June. With the National Care Service Bill expected to be introduced to parliament before the end of June, the panel...
SASW Celebrates Pride Month
The SASW Team wishes everyone a very happy Pride Month! Every June, people come together to celebrate Pride Month, a month dedicated to championing LGBTQIA+ communities both in the UK and around the...
Motions for the BASW Annual General Meeting 2022
BASW members will be able to comment on motions from 10 June 2022.
Statement on the launch of the ‘Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan’
BASW Cymru's National Director responds to the launch of the Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan...
BASW England and SWU respond to consultations on DfE regulatory framework changes and SWE rule amendments
These consultation responses were completed jointly between BASW and SWU and representatives of both memberships.
British Journal of Social Work editor’s choice vlog: Issue 52 (3)
Co-editor Dr Reima Ana Maglajlic in conversation with the authors of the two 'editor's pick' articles in the latest edition of BJSW...
Carers Week 2022
Nicola and Sally - two carers who work with BASW - share their experiences as we mark Carers Week 2022.