Changes to adult social care laws could make life easier for social workers
BASW has described proposed changes to the legislation underpinning adult social care, part of the government’s care and support white paper published on 11 July, as having the potential to make life...
Remploy closures “an act of vandalism”
BASW and its trade union arm the Social Workers Union (SWU) has described the closure of half of Remploy’s factories, which offer work for disabled people “an act of vandalism”.
Why not Dilnot? Government must not “shy away” from its recommendations
BASW is calling for the immediate implementation of the extra funding proposed by the Dilnot Commission and for the government to entrench reforms of social care by giving social workers a definitive...
BASW: New guidance will give doctors more confidence to report abuse
The General Medical Council’s (GMC) pledge to back doctors who report suspected child abuse, even if their fears are later proved groundless, has been endorsed by BASW.
BASW: Vulnerable families need help, not condemnation
BASW has endorsed a report by three UK children’s charities which warns that the number of children living in vulnerable families in Britain is likely to rise to over one million by 2015.
BASW urges government to keep adoption policy in proportion
Commenting on government plans to compel councils to consider placing children with approved adopters and remove what ministers have described as “groundless doubts about whether ‘Fostering for...
Wales celebrates social work success in Cardiff
Two social workers with a combined seven decades of experience in practice were among the big winners at the BASW Cymru Social Work Awards 2011.
2012 Student/NQSW survey launched – £50 Amazon prizes up for grabs
Students and newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) could win one of six £50 Amazon vouchers if they take part in BASW’s 2012 annual survey of their experiences of training, supervision and...
Local authorities respond to BASW’s State of Social Work survey
Among the 17 local authorities to respond to BASW’s State of Social Work survey at the time of going to press, many accepted that social workers were under pressure, particularly in children’s...
BASW urges Government to invest in residential care of children
BASW has called for radical improvement to current residential care facilities, and a right for children to be cared for near to their own communities, following reforms announced by Children’s...
Northern Ireland social workers honoured
Social workers, social services teams and voluntary organisations were honoured at the Social Work Awards in Northern Ireland in June.
HPC launches new proficiency standards for social workers in England
The Health Professions Council (HPC) has published new proficiency standards for social workers in England ahead of assuming regulatory responsibility for the profession from the General Social Care...
The average social worker in England is 46 and female
An assessment of 11 years in the life of the soon to be deceased General Social Care Council has shown an overwhelmingly female profession in England, a mixed racial background and an average age of...
BASW Cymru 2013 Social Work Awards
Each year BASW Cymru organises the Social Work Awards, highlighting the successful practice demonstrated by social work professionals throughout Wales.
Concerns persist about axing student register as HPC launches temporary measures
The Health Professions Council (HPC) has responded to significant concerns about its abolition of student registration by launching a new ‘suitability scheme’ to oversee education providers in the...
BASW members reaffirm support for UK College negotiations
BASW members used the Association’s Annual General Meeting to unanimously reaffirm support for ongoing negotiations with The College of Social Work (TCSW), with the aim of securing a unified UK...
New push on BASW transparency
A motion proposing greater BASW transparency in “opening up its business to members” was passed unanimously.
Social Workers Union launches ‘Operation Speak Out’
BASW’s trade union arm the Social Workers Union is dealing with increasing calls from members as escalating workplace challenges impact on working conditions, prompting the Association to launch a...
SWET hands out £14,000 in CPD funding
BASW’s Social Workers Educational Trust awarded £14,000 worth of grants for applicants seeking to further their learning during 2010/11