Fears over cap on overseas social work recruitment
Social work and service users in the UK have benefited significantly from immigration, BASW has told the government in response to its plans to put a cap on the import of workers from outside of the...
BASW presses local authority chiefs to spare social work from spending cuts
BASW has this week written to every local authority in England urging council leaders to spare frontline social work services from spending cuts.
BASW’s concern at social work regulation plans
BASW has voiced concerns that the government is pressing ahead with its plans to transfer the regulation of social work in England to the Health Professions Council (HPC) without its involvement.
‘Grand coalition’ needed to raise Scottish care standards
All Scottish political parties should put aside their differences and form a ‘grand coalition’ to improve outcomes for looked-after children, according to leading children’s charity Aberlour Child...
BASW says proposed end of life law lacks safeguards
BASW Scotland has raised concerns that proposed legislation that would allow people to request an assisted death lacks safeguards.
Share your views on the impact of overseas social workers
BASW has been asked to submit a report to a Home Affairs Select Committee consultation process that is examining government plans for capping immigration to the UK, potentially affecting the...
College of Social Work consultation events during September
The College Development Group, of which BASW is an active member, is holding a series of consultation events during September, as efforts continue to define the future purpose and functions of The...
Social worker removed from register after paying for sex
A social worker has been removed from the social care register for paying for the services of a sex worker.
Social workers embrace digital technology
Social workers are increasingly embracing digital technology to find families for children, according to a leading adoption and fostering organisation which has reported a sharp rise in the numbers...
Caseload pressures on social workers revealed
Four in 10 social workers feel they have an unmanageable caseload, according to research by specialist social work recruitment consultancy Liquid Personnel. Two thirds of practitioners who responded...
Social workers urged to define doctors’ role in child protection
The General Medical Council is calling on social workers and other professionals for evidence about doctors’ roles and responsibilities in child protection.
BASW condemns “scandal” of unsupported child protection workers
BASW has today slammed the current situation in child protection as a national scandal in the Association’s submission to Professor Munro’s independent review of child protection.
Care system struggles as numbers of vulnerable children rise
The care system is under extreme pressure and is struggling to cope with the numbers of children needing foster placements, according to a report published this week by the Fostering Network. Since...
Introduction to Advocacy course
BASW members can receive a 10% discount on an Introduction to Advocacy training day being hosted by Voice, the latest organisation to sign up to the Association’s 5 Star social work employer scheme.
Early intervention commission announced by government
The government has announced an independent commission into early intervention to ensure that children with multiple disadvantages get the best start in life. Children’s minister Sarah Teather and...
Care Council for Wales to reflect after GSCC abolition
The social work regulator in Wales is to reflect on its future role following the surprise announcement earlier this week that the General Social Care Council (GSCC) in England is to be abolished.
NISCC seeking urgent talks following GSCC abolition plan
The social work regulator in Northern Ireland is to hold talks with political leaders following the surprise announcement earlier this week that the General Social Care Council (GSCC) in England is...
Government calls time on the ASBO
Home secretary Theresa May has launched a review of anti-social behavior powers available to the police saying: “It is time to move beyond the ASBO”.
Scottish regulator unmoved by abolition of GSCC
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has said it will be business as usual for regulation in Scotland, despite the surprise announcement earlier this week that the General Social Care Council...
BASW dismisses Ofsted social work findings as “absurd”
An Ofsted survey of social workers that shows they feel well-supported in their jobs has been dismissed by BASW as “absurd, ridiculous and out of touch with reality”.
BASW backs Khyra Ishaq review and urges investment in social work to minimise risk of future tragedies
BASW has responded to the full publication of the Serious Case Review into the tragic death of Khyra Ishaq by urging others to join social work in learning lessons from the case. The SCR revealed...
BASW responds to planned abolition of GSCC
BASW has responded to the Westminster government’s surprise decision to abolish the General Social Care Council and fold its regulatory work into a wider healthcare body, by insisting that the new...
Harassment of own family results in GSCC admonishment
A social worker who threatened to kill his wife and children has been admonished by the General Social Care Council (GSCC).
Minister promises to limit child protection reform
Children’s services will not be radically reformed by the new government, the children’s minister has confirmed.
Low take-up sparks fears over liberty safeguards
Mental health organisations are calling for an urgent investigation into why safeguards introduced in England and Wales to prevent people who lack capacity being detained unnecessarily in care homes...
Teenagers get raw deal from child protection
Teenagers are often poorly served by the child protection system because they are mistakenly seen as more resilient than other children or better dealt with by another service.
Safeguarding services in Birmingham remain inadequate
Safeguarding services in Birmingham Council have been graded ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted in an inspection report.
Welsh regulator seeks views on conduct system
Social workers in Wales are being asked to contribute views on how the Care Council for Wales (CCW) can improve its handling of conduct cases. The regulator announced this week that it is looking at...
BASW calls on government to outline direction of social work
BASW chief executive Hilton Dawson has written to education secretary Michael Gove urging him to set out his plans for social work. In a letter sent this week, Mr Dawson notes that the Department for...
BASW calls for urgent MoJ meeting over fee capping
BASW has called for an urgent meeting with the Ministry of Justice to discuss the role of independent social work (ISW) in the family courts, as the prospect of a sharp cut in ISW expert witness fees...
Unison deal would sacrifice College independence
BASW has warned that the College of Social Work could become dominated by trade union interests if it links up with Unison to offer joint membership to social workers.
Government scraps ICT plans to save £15m
Education secretary Michael Gove has this week written to directors of children’s services informing them that the £15 million plans to improve ICT systems have been scrapped.
BASW membership likely to mean automatic College membership too
BASW and the development group working to establish the College of Social Work have reached agreement in principle on a deal that would see BASW members automatically becoming members of the College...
BASW reveals College convergence plan
BASW is considering a plan to move towards convergence with the College of Social Work, following discussions last week. BASW’s UK Council agreed last week to present convergence proposals to the...
BASW offers robust defence of “invaluable” independent social work role
BASW has defended independent social workers against a “major assault” by the president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, who last week called for their role in court...
BASW launches England-wide adult social work seminars
BASW England is holding a series of seminars across the country to address emerging concerns from social workers working in adult services. BASW England policy development officer Joe Godden said...
NIASW to hold local Western Trust meetings
The Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers (NIASW) is holding a series of informal meetings with social workers from adult and mental health services across the Western Trust.
Social work students get help to choose courses
Social work students will be able to judge the quality of degree courses before applying after a decision by the General Social Care Council to crack down on universities by publishing inspection...
BASW’s campaign continues as cuts begin to bite
BASW is urging social workers in all parts of the UK to highlight examples of public spending cuts impacting on social work services. The Association is also urging members to lobby MPs and ministers...
Report calls for more training on end-of-life care
Social workers need training in order to play a greater role in planning and delivering end of life care ahead of huge increase in the numbers of deaths each year, according to a major report...
Social worker convicted of fraud banned from practice
A student social worker who served an eight month sentence for fraud has been removed from the social care register. Antoinette McClue was convicted of fraud by false representation at Snaresbrook...
UK commissioners welcome end to detaining child asylum seekers
There is a pressing need to end the detention of children for immigration purposes to avoid the damage it causes, the UK’s children’s commissioners have said, urging the UK government to do so...
Team managers given chance to hone frontline management skills
Team managers across Wales are being offered the opportunity to undertake sponsored training to develop their frontline management skills. The Team Manager Development Programme, which is made up of...
Children at risk of exploitation need better protection, warns Barnardo’s
There should be better co-ordination and information sharing between agencies to protect children at risk of child sexual exploitation, says Barnardo’s.
PM urged to ‘choose Life over Art’ by prioritising social work
BASW’s chief executive Hilton Dawson has written to the prime minister to urge him to prioritise social work jobs and services at the expense of arts funding.
Two year suspension for children’s worker
A children’s social worker who admitted failings in his handling of child protection work has been suspended from the social care register for two years.
Social worker with two jobs cleared of misconduct
A social worker who admitted taking on two full-time jobs simultaneously, but denied she had been dishonest in not telling both employers, has been cleared of misconduct by a General Social Care...
Derby social workers lose battle to keep allowances
Social workers in Derby have lost their battle with the city council to keep allowances for the use of private cars, with Unison agreeing to call a halt to industrial action.
Social services white paper for Wales
The deputy minister for social services in Wales has announced plans to publish a white paper on social services next year.
BASW gives broad welcome to Munro Review panel
A broad welcome has been given by BASW to the announcement of a diverse membership for the Munro Review panel on the future of child protection.
Stable care system can cut public spending
Fewer transitions and more stability for children in the care system could save children’s services more than £32,000 per child per year as well as ensuring better emotional stability for the child,...
Scotland presses on as Vetting & Barring Scheme is put on hold
The UK government’s decision to place the planned Vetting & Barring Scheme (VBS) on hold for England, Northern Ireland and Wales has been swiftly followed by confirmation that a similar...
Scotland sees rise in social workers
Social work numbers in Scotland increased by 3% last year, according to Scottish Government statistics published late last month.
Pay freeze raises doubts over career structure plans
Serious concerns have been raised about plans to strengthen social work following the announcement of draconian cuts to the public sector in the budget earlier this week.
Minister offers funding commitment to BASW leaders
The children’s minister Tim Loughton has told BASW he will press the Treasury to fund existing child protection services and any measures to emerge from Professor Eileen Munro’s review of child...
BASW expresses grave concerns at spending cuts
BASW has responded to the UK coalition government’s first budget by issuing a stark warning that cuts which fail to protect social work services will put the lives of vulnerable children and adults...
Welsh social work student removed from register
A social work student who was convicted of a string of frauds totalling more than £70,000 has been removed from the social care register.
College of Social Work Interim Board and consultation events
The Interim Board of the College of Social Work is looking for ten volunteers to lead the initial development of a college and BASW is keen to ensure that independent members are involved in order to...
World social work agenda agreed in Hong Kong
Plans to give social work a global political voice have taken another step forward with agreement on proposals for an agenda to tackle deepening economic and social crises across the world.