Social Workers Union (SWU) celebrates 15,000-member milestone
SWU, the UK’s only specialist union for social workers, has now grown to over 15,000 members.
Friends, Families and Travellers launch suicide prevention study
On Friday 10th September, Friends, Families and Travellers launched a study which seeks to uncover suicide prevalence and causes in Romani, Traveller and nomadic communities in England, Scotland and...
Supporting you as you support others: Social workers professional support service growing from strength to strength
Designed by and for social workers, provides a trusted space to work through and think about positive solutions for professional and personal challenges with an experienced ‘coach’
Government responds to BASW/SWU ‘Assaults on social workers’ petition
Together, BASW and SWU will continue to campaign for social worker safety in the workplace.
Autumn and Winter Plan September 2021
We maintain our position that the priority must be people’s wellbeing not making space in hospitals.
Social Work and the National Care Service
SASW's National Director Alison Bavidge reflects on the unprecedented opportunity offered by Scotland's proposals for a National Care Service...
This Week in Westminster - Friday 10 September 2021
Kerri Prince, Public and Political Affairs Lead for BASW UK, provides members with an update
Austerity Action Group: Remuneration Campaign Gathers Momentum
The Austerity Action Group (AAG) has instigated a new Remuneration Campaign to change the arcane tax rules and complex benefits regulations that make it difficult for charities, local government,...
Nothing about us without us: Putting people using services at the heart of practice, policy and ethics
Ahead of the BASW Annual General (members') Meeting and pre-event on 15 September, we are releasing weekly updates on our key priorities under the banner 'What We Stand For'...
BASW response to the tragic deaths at Cawston Park Hospital
BASW are shocked and saddened by the findings of the Independent Review report into the tragic circumstances that took place at Cawston Park Hospital which distressingly mirror the neglectful and...
Social care reform: BASW England response
Government must ensure this move is at least the start of meeting the scale and urgency of the crisis facing social care across the UK.
Invitation to shape guidance on data analytics in Children’s Social Care
Survey for children's social workers: Data, analytics, and co-design...
‘Health and Care Bill – why social work’s voice matters’
BASW chair Gerry Nosowska on how BASW England is speaking up for social work as the Health and Care Bill progresses through Parliament.
BASW blog: ‘The cut to Universal Credit is yet another austerity policy - social workers must oppose it’
Social workers must challenge the Government’s plan to cut Universal Credit, says BASW member Jon Dudley.
#RememberSocialCare: social care bodies join forces to launch Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection
Social care bodies come together to pay tribute to workforce.
What we stand for: The independent voice of social work and social workers
Ahead of the BASW Annual General (members') Meeting and pre-event on 15 September, we are releasing weekly updates on our key priorities.
#KeepTheLifeline and #DoubleScotChildPayment campaigns
SASW urges Scottish members to support #KeepTheLifeline and #DoubleScotChildPayment campaigns
SWU Campaign Fund now accepting applications
SWU members are now welcome to submit campaign ideas for issues and causes they’re passionate about throughout 2021-2022. Successful applications will receive funding and access to professional...
BASW blog: 'Why social workers should support the #KeepTheLifeline campaign'
As a social worker, BASW vice-chair Lewis Roberts sees rising poverty levels and the devastating impact this is having on society
#KeepTheLifeline: BASW UK joins campaign to stop cut to Universal Credit
Over 100 civil society organisations – including BASW UK – have written to the Prime Minister, calling for the Government to abandon the proposed cut, which is worth over £1000 a year.
BASW follows up on attack on a social worker in Haringey
Every day, social workers open themselves to the unknown in order to help others.
Be at the heart of exciting new social work research with service users – and gain valuable CPD hours
We are looking for social workers who work with adults to take part in a research study on the use of digital technologies with Disabled service users.
What We Stand For: Better working conditions for social workers
Social workers deserve to work in supportive organisations where they can have voice and influence - and where leaders and managers understand what social workers need to fulfil their roles.
BASW A&R / SWU survey: Ways of working
A new survey on future ways of working by the BASW Advice and Representation (A&R) and SWU Trade Union team
BASW AGM 2021: Motion 3
BASW members can provide comments on motions ahead of the AGM on Tuesday 15th September 2021. Scroll down to submit your comments Comments will be moderated before being published and shared with...
BASW blog: 'Voice, visibility - action'
Come to BASW’s Annual General Meeting and be part of a movement for a better society.
BASW statement on the situation in Afghanistan
The UK has a moral responsibility to the people affected by the crisis and must do all in its power to provide support and assistance.
Children who have no recourse to public funds - Call for evidence
BASW is asking for members to get in touch with their experiences of working with children who have no recourse to public funds
What We Stand For: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
BASW CEO Ruth Allen introduces our vision for EDI and anti-racism and outlines the values that underpin this vital work.
EDI and anti-racism in social work: From words to actions
BASW Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead Officer, Narinder Sidhu, reflects on our EDI work so far.
This Week in Westminster: Friday 20 August
Kerri Prince, Public and Political Affairs Lead, provides an update from Westminster after Parliament was recalled this week.
Statement on student bursaries - BASW England Student & NQSW Group
Social work students continue to suffer the consequences of a system rooted in inequality
BASW CEO Blog: 'The future of social work in integrated health services - now is the time to make your voice heard'
BASW will amplify and advocate for your views, values and concerns so – get involved!
SWU challenges the TUC’s decision to deny membership
Representatives from SWU and BASW comment on the TUC's decision to deny SWU membership...
Review of Children's Social Care 'Case for Change' report: BASW England response
Our response to 'Case for Change' is now available to read and download...
SWU Blog: Motions for the Social Workers Union 2021 Annual General Meeting
This blog outlines the four SWU Motions for the 2021 AGM, followed by a message from SWU General Secretary John McGowan to all SWU members.
BASW England responds to the Inadequate CQC ratings at health and care settings for adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults in England
BASW England condemns the abuse of autistic adults and those with learning disabilities in all forms including unsafe environments, neglect and inhuman and degrading treatment. We are committed to...
Scottish Association of Social Work and Social Workers Union respond to call for views on end Conversion Therapy Petition
Read SASW and SWU's joint response to the Scottish Parliament's Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee call for views on ending conversion therapy...
Help to shape social work in the future – and gain valuable CPD hours.
We are looking for social workers who work with children and families to take part in a research study on the introduction and role of AI in social work.
Sustainability and climate justice: a planet for people today and tomorrow
What we stand for 2021: AGM 15/09/21
BASW Council Election – Chair of BASW international committee
BASW CEO Ruth Allen is joined by four members nominated for the chair of BASW International Committee
Carers Wales' Guide to caring for the Armed Forces veteran community
Careers Wales have published their Where to get help: A guide to caring for the Armed Forces veteran community - please click to download your copy in English and Welsh. This guide is for Armed...
Race Equality Action Plan - Consultation Response from BASW Cymru
Click here to download the BASW Cymru Race Equality Action Plan Consultation Response This submission was co-produced with our members and the BASW Cymru anti-racist social workgroup’ so includes the...
BASW & SWU response to attack on social worker
BASW and SWU are appalled at the shocking news that a social worker has been stabbed on the evening of Friday 6th August, while conducting a welfare check on a child
SWU and SASW further develop SWU Union Contact programme for Scotland
The Social Workers Union (SWU) is pleased to be in collaboration with the Scottish Association of Social Workers (SASW) to make further links with SWU Union Contacts in Scotland and to strengthen the...
SWU and Campaign Collective to support member led campaigns
SWU is establishing a ‘campaign’ fund for our members to call on to ensure campaigns throughout 2021/22 can be responsive to changing priorities, quick to deliver and high impact.
Have your say on Health Education England Call for Evidence
Share your vision for social work over the next 15 years
Blog: Roma Holocaust Memorial Day - Remembering Victims of the Porrajmos
BASW and the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Social Work Association are proud to support Roma Holocaust Memorial Day 2021.
BASW and SWU join calls to protect the rights of unaccompanied children in Kent
Over 65 organisations that promote and protect the rights of children have written to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.